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The Jungle

Monday, 26th of september 2016, the president of the french republic Francois Hollande went to Calais to announce the refugee camp known as “the Jungle” would be dismantled. It was the beginning of the end of the last biggest refugee camp in Europe. During the last year hosted more than 10.000 refugees who were trying to reach England. Monday 24th of October 2016, the eviction started and by friday of that week the camp was empty.

French authorities relocated more than 6.000 refugees in different cities of France in that week. After the relocation they were sent to accommodation centers, that still hosting them. While they are waiting for asylum they can stay in a house and get checks for food given by the french authorities. But most of them has been relocated in small villages where they are the only refugees. Similar to Afridi, he is Afghan, and he lives in a village calls Sezane, in the east of Paris. “I cannot speak with anyone, and I am just hand by hand all day long. I just asked the social worker to bring other refugees to speak with them. This village is like a jail.” He says. He is waiting to bring his family to France. He wants to stay here. He, as most of the refugees that were relocated from the Jungle, is  living in C.A.O, accommodation centers, as long as they are asking for asylum. The procedure normally takes between 3 and 6 months. Once they are accepted to stay in France,  they go to the C.A.D.As, a permanent accommodation center, where they will be helped until they become autonomous.

In Paris the situation is completely different. After the police cleaned up the unofficial camps of Stalingrad and Porte la Chapelle, the refugees that are not given a place in the official camp, known as “The Bubble”, have to sleep in the street. The camp that was inaugurated in October 2016, in the neighbourhood of Porte la Chapelle, Paris, hosts 400 people. While families are relocated in hotels or C.A.O, men have up to ten days to sleep in the “Bubble” for asking asylum or deciding about their future. The spots inside the camp are not enough, so during nights about 200 refugees sleeps in the streets around. Next morning they will cue again and try if this time they are lucky and can sleep under cover.  

A refugee buying Tobacco in the main street of “The Jungle”, refugee camp of Calais, few days before the eviction, police that shutted down every shop or stand that held up the economy and life in “The Jungle”
Facility housing containers for unaccompanied minors
A refugee during the sunset staring at the fence that protects the autoroute which reaches the ferry's harbour
A group of refugees from Sudanese, cooking
Cemetery of Calais
A group of Sudanese refugees sharing porridge, in “the Jungle”
A refugee in the hill, in the refugee camp of Calais few days before the eviction
The Jungle´s eviction
A refugee outside his tent while it is getting burnt in the Jungle, Wednesday, Calais, France, 26th of october, 2016
One of the firefighters crew putting out the fires that started the night before
Two Sudanese minors checking their phones in the unofficial camp of Saint Denis´ square
 By friday 28th, “the Jungle” was already evicted and the only thing that stayed was the unaccompanied minors and the facility containers
Fazlullah Kadric, is holding his phone
After the eviction of Calais, the police also cleared up the camps that were settled up in Stalingrad and la Chapelle, in Paris
A refugee sleeping on a warm air outlet, near the official camp of Porte la Chapelle