Guest blog by our partners Mobile Refugee Support
Following the past few weeks of rumours surrounding the fate of the current main settlement in Grande-Synthe, we finally received confirmation that an eviction of the 800+ people living here will take place soon. After a court hearing in Lille, the eviction that will remove the camp surrounding the emergency shelter has been ordered without delay.
These evictions have been a constant over the past two years since the destruction of the La Linière camp. Once the population of these settlements become too large, all tents and shelters are confiscated & destroyed, with their inhabitants dispersed around France in various accommodation centres.
Unfortunately, as our team has been present at every single one of these evictions in the past, we know that this does not always go to plan. During the last major eviction of a camp this size, many innocent individuals were taken immediately to detention centres, with others driven aimlessly on buses for hours only to be returned back to Grande-Synthe the very same day.
Our team will be present all day during the upcoming eviction and will do everything in our power to ensure that those who return to the removed settlement will at least have the necessary supplies replaced to manage the cold nights ahead.
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