Twenty-four associations, including the Auberge des migrants et Médecins du monde, sent a letter on Monday to the prefectures of Nord and Pas-de-Calais, as well as to the mayors of Calais and Grande-Synthe, where hundreds of migrants.
Of “urgent measures” for “protect” migrants living in the north of France. Associations ask the authorities to make arrangements for the refugees, in order to respond to the health crisis linked to the coronavirus, in a letter of which AFP obtained a copy, Tuesday, March 17. This crisis reveals “the insufficiency of the means put in place by the State to protect these people, which exposes us all to increased risks”, write 24 associations, including the Migrants' Inn and Doctors of the World.
– Auberge des Migrants (@AubergeMigrants) March 16, 2020
“The situation of those in exile is unspeakable: lack of accommodation, cold, humidity, stress, fatigue, crowding together in light tents, daily expulsion from places of life, deplorable sanitary conditions …” do they list in this letter addressed to the prefectures of Nord and Pas-de-Calais as well as to the mayors of Calais and Grande-Synthe, where hundreds of migrants live. In addition, the Roma solidarity group from Lille wrote to the prefect of the North asking him “to take emergency measures in favor of the inhabitants of the slums”.
“How do you wash your hands regularly when the nearest water point is several hundred meters, sometimes kilometers, from where you live?”, “How do you detect symptoms of Covid-19 when, surviving the street for several weeks, the health of these people is already extremely fragile? “,” How to call 15 without access to a phone, or to a socket to recharge it, in the absence of respite open during the day? “ ask these associations.
To answer these questions, they ask that “the right to accommodation” as well as “the right to decent material living conditions” be “applied urgently”. They must pass it “by the opening of several unconditional accommodation places”, “the establishment of food distribution sites in sufficient number to limit the regrouping of too many people”, “the opening of specific devices required in the protection of unaccompanied minors “ or “the deployment of numerous access points to water and soap”. In addition, “All of this must be accompanied by information adapted to people in exile”.