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August 10, 2017

Teargas, cold, no toilets: plight of refugees in Calais revealed

As woods in northern France once again house hundreds of people, many report police aggression and sparse supplies

The woods around Calais and Dunkirk have once again become home to more than 1,000 refugees and migrants living in dire conditions without access to toilets, running water, showers or shelter.

Police regularly confiscate sleeping bags, bedding and possessions, and refugees complain that CS spray is often used during early morning raids on people sleeping. Reports of police harassment of refugees have risen as officials from both towns attempt, without success, to stop refugees from settling in the area.

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April 18, 2017

Child refugees in Europe ‘forced to sell bodies’ to pay smugglers

Governments urged to end ‘most heinous human rights violation’ as report finds widespread sexual exploitation of migrant children in Greece

Unaccompanied child refugees in Greece desperate to reach the UK and other parts of northern Europe are being forced to sell their bodies in order to pay smugglers to help them with their journeys, according to a new report from Harvard University.

The report, from Dr Vasileia Digidiki and Prof Jacqueline Bhabha at the university’s centre for health and human rights, reveals what they [...]

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October 19, 2016

Calais camp charity threatens UK with legal action over vulnerable children

Citizens UK urges government to intervene in case of 30 children stranded in French camp as clock ticks towards its demolition

A charity operating in the Calais refugee camp is threatening to launch legal action against the British government unless it intervenes in the cases of 30 of the most vulnerable children stranded there.

Citizens UK, which is working with the Home Office on the current Calais operation, says the current programme, which has seen 39 boys and young adults brought to the country this week, is slow and one-dimensional.

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February 4, 2016

David Cameron calls for billions more in international aid for Syrian refugees

PM seeking ‘new approach’ and doubles British contribution ahead of London conference of world leaders

The international community must raise billions of dollars more than last year to alleviate the unacceptable plight of Syrian refugees, David Cameron has warned prior to a London donor conference designed to address the consequences of the five-year Syrian civil war.

At a conference attended by 70 world leaders, including the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, and the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Cameron will on Thursday promise to double UK aid to Syria through to 2020.

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