Letter on Calais crisis from Labour MEP to UK Home Secretary

Letter to Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, from Claude Moraes MEP, spokesman on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs issues for the European Parliamentary Labour Party, on the Calais refugee crisis.

Dear Home Secretary,

I am writing to you in my capacity as Labour MEP for London and spokesman on Civil Liberties,
Justice and Home Affairs issues for the European Parliamentary Labour Party. As you are aware the
French Government began the demolition of the Southern Sector of the Calais refugee camp on
Monday 29th February. This change in tactic has escalated tensions between the community and the
police and destabilised all living in the camp.

The increased violence combined with the growing number of fires in the camp is having an
extremely detrimental effect on the mental wellbeing of all, particularly the unaccompanied
adolescent children. Recent figures collated by NGOs offering vital humanitarian assistance in the
Calais camp indicate that 423 unaccompanied migrant children stayed in the camp of which 122
have been identified as eligible for family reunification under Dublin III.

The most shocking thing about Calais – and there are many things that shock – is that it is an issue
that is very solvable with the collective response of two of the world’s biggest economies within an
EU which should be cooperating on these issues. It is important that the UK plays its part in taking
responsibility for the humanitarian challenges increases in Calais as a result of the evictions of the
refugee camp.

I call on the UK government to effectively implement the family reunification provisions of Dublin III
so that all minors who are currently residing in the camps in Calais and Dunkirk with family ties in the
UK are able to reunite with their family members with immediate effect. I hope that you take my
letter into consideration and give much needed support to alleviate the suffering of unaccompanied
children in Calais and Dunkirk.

Best Regards,

Claude Moraes MEP
Chair of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee

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