Jude Law urges British government to let children in Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp into UK if they have family here
Actor Jude Law, on the occasion of a performance with other British performers and migrants in the Calais “Jungle” has called for the British Government to allow children living in the migrant camp to come to the UK if they already have relatives living here and to delay the demolition of the southern part of the camp until children are granted protection by French or British authorities.
The charity Help Refugees Help Refugees estimate there to be 445 children – 315 alone without their parents – living at the soon-to-be-demolished Calais camp which faces imminent eviction.
Jude Law insisted on the fact that kids and adults are living in “dangerous” living conditions of the camp and presented three demands to the British and French government : cessate the demolition because it “buys everyone time”, to “recognise the Dublin three, which means the children who have guardians in the UK are allowed to be reunited with those guardians” and to help children with no guardians in the UK to be fast tracked into the French asylum system.
The actor has also been at the forefront of an open letter to David Cameron which asks the government to allow children from the Calais camp who have relatives in Britain to be reunited with their families. The letter, calling on the British government to intervene “as a matter of urgency” in the situation in Calais, included 100,000 signatures and was signed by Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, Gillian Anderson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ai Weiwei, Meryl Streep and more.
The camp in the French port of Calais was due to be forcibly evicted on Tuesday at 8pm and bulldozed the following day but French courts chose to postpone the eviction after a census carried out by Help Refugees discovered that a great deal more refugees were living in the part of the camp allocated for demolition than the French authorities had initially predicted. A judge will visit the camp on Tuesday to re-evaluate the situation and the case will be heard later in the day.
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"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan