Birmingham study Calais

This study, conducted by a University of Birmingham research team, with the help of Médecins du monde teams, constitutes the first independent scientific study of the new Calais migrant camp. The findings confirm that migrants in the informal camp are living in perilous conditions, which are significantly contributing to their ill-health and injury. The shortcomings in shelter, food and water safety, personal hygiene, sanitation and security are likely to have detrimental long-term health consequences for the camp’s residents over their life course. It is the researchers’ assessment that the situation in Calais amounts to a humanitarian crisis and requires far greater resource than has been provided to date by state agencies to protect migrants in the camp. Conditions in the camp do not meet standards recommended by UNHCR, WHO or the Sphere project. The report can be downloaded here.