Five years after the dismantling of the “jungle” of Calais, the largest slum in Europe, the exiles on the road to Great Britain are still there, in a permanent wait to leave, punctuated by the installation and the evacuation of camps. A situation reported in pictures by photographer Michael Bunel.
November 2016, the Calais “jungle”, the largest slum in Europe, was evacuated. Five years later, the exiles on the road to Great Britain are still there and camps are regularly born between Calais and Grande-Synthe. The only novelty is the police who dismantle them every two to three days to avoid tie-up points and the creation of a new “jungle”. An experience proven as never before despite the health crisis and which “works” in the eyes of the authorities, who again had the method expelled from the many migrants from Grande-Synthe on Tuesday. But that does not make the exiles disappear for all that.
Five years after the “jungle”, the situation has not changed so much. On the contrary, living conditions have deteriorated further and the generalization of passages and the tragedies which ensue have multiplied. The inventory is constant. The dialogue between the associations and the prefecture does not find its way, while the exiles are tirelessly chased away, wherever they are. A precarious situation which does not facilitate the collection of testimony, as the suspicion is great among the candidates for exile.