In response to the proposed demolition of the southern section of the ‘jungle’ camp in Calais, Green MEPs Jean Lambert , Molly Scott Cato and Keith Taylor said:
“We are appalled by the latest reports of the gratuitous destruction of some of the most established parts of the ‘jungle’ camp in Calais, planned for next week, including places of worship, schools, the youth centre and legal centre.
The part of the camp earmarked for bulldozing also includes the women and children’s centre, an area of sanctuary, particularly for unaccompanied minors who are alone in the camp, many of whom have endured traumatic journeys to get there. We express our solidarity with the refugees themselves and the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to provide basic but essential services to improve the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable. We are concerned at reports of the lack of official provision planned for unaccompanied child refugees who stand to suffer most from the loss of the centre – Europol estimates that at least 10,000 unaccompanied minors have already gone missing in 2015 – so why destroy essential mechanisms which have been set up by volunteers to try to protect them, where governments have defaulted on their responsibility to ensure they are protected.”