refugee camps in Europe

There are established refugees routes across Europe, with camps dotting the map along the way.  A good site for refugees and volunteers on cross-Europe journeys is Refugee Compass.

In Britain most attention is on the refugees across the other side of the Channel. Thousands of refugees live in makeshift camps in northern France, in poverty and deprivation, waiting to ‘cross’ to the UK. The French authorities often harass the refugees, evicting and detaining them, closing the camps and destroying the makeshift communities (Sangatte, Calais). But as long as there is poverty, injustice and war people across the world will always try to find better living conditions. A number of groups are involved with the refugee communities of northern France. Calidepedia is a key source of information for volunteers.

The Hummingbird Project (facebook # online donations) is a network of volunteers, collaborating organisations and projects on three continents. They work on a range of fronts including a medical clinic, tea kitchen, and art support. The Brighton-based Hummingbird Project raises funds for those struggling in the camps of northern France and beyond, organising collections of donated goods, as well as holding regular fundraising and awareness raising events.

Brighton2Calais (facebook) organises convoys of essential supplies from Brighton to refugees in the camp in Calais.

Calais Migrant Solidarity, which began as a No Borders initiative, has been offering solidarity to people living in the Jungles since their establishment.

Brighton Shelter Build Project (facebook # online donations) build shelters in camps for refugees ‘helping where the state is failing, by voluntarily building waterproof insulated shelters for groups of people currently existing in cold, wet tents.’

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