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Utställning Flyktinglägret i Calais, Futuro Berg m.fl.

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Fotografier av Futuro Berg och migranter i lägret
Plats: Rosa gången
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Torsdag 19/4 - Futuro Berg berättar om lägret och situationen för migranter i Frankrike och England.
Plats: Blå Gången kl 18. På engelska. fri entré.

HAMNEN I CALAIS har sedan -90-talet varit en viktig transitpunkt för flyktingar, asylsökande och migranter som vill komma till Storbritannien.

Här finns människor från Afghanistan, Eritrea, Irak, Syrien, Darfur och Syd-Sudan som, utan lagliga vägar in, försöker ta sig över på lastbilar, färjor och bilar. Ofta riskerar (eller förlorar) de sina liv.

2015 eskalerade försöken att stoppa migranterna när Storbritannien lade nära 2 miljoner pund på stängsel. 2016 rensade franska myndigheter platsen där 9000 personer bodde under primitiva förhållanden. Det följdes av att ett flyktingläger i Dunkirk brändes ner, några kilometer därifrån.

Migranterna har ingenstans att ta vägen. I norra Frankrike finns ännu ca 800 flyktingar kvar, 200 av dem barn. Minderåriga är lätta offer för trafficking och smugglare.

Storbritannien har tagit på sig att låta 480 ensamkommande barn (av de många tusentals som lever i läger runtom i Europa) komma till landet. Hittills har endast getts plats.
(hela texten av Alice Rowsome på engelska nedan)


BIO: Futuro Berg was born and raised in Santiago Chile but has since the age of 18 lived and worked in more than 5 countries of Europe. During his career he has studied Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Malmo, worked as an activist in a variety of organizations and co-directed Cinema Politica Malmo for 5 years. As well as his social work in the non-profit sector his main focus has been in creating photography and film that strengthen the visibility of people who are usually underrepresented and over seen by the mainstream media. The last 6 months of the year 2017 where spent in the refugee camp of Calais , France to document, photograph and to help generate visibility of a crisis that was being silenced by the French and English government. In addition to his photography he was involved in the creation of a media team that now works directly from Calais creating content for the different media outlets interested in Calais as well as giving out disposable cameras that will later be published in the form of a book telling the story of the migrants from their own perspective and eye.

Across the English Channel from the clifftop town of Dover, the port city of Calais is the principal ferry crossing point between France and the UK and has, since the 1990s been an important transit route for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Syria, Darfur and South Sudan, wishing to reach the UK. With no legal safe passage, many attempt to cross the channel by stowing away on lorries, ferries and cars, often risking (or losing) their lives in doing so.

Issues escalated in 2015. The UK blamed the French authorities for not doing enough to keep migrants out and bought nearly £2 million worth of fences to stop migrants from crossing into the UK. In October 2016, French authorities cleared the makeshift migrant camp, which had become home (usually in the shape of a soaked through tent) for 9,000 migrants. Six months later, the camp in Dunkirk (a few kilometres away from Calais), home mostly to Iraqi and Syrian Kurds (many of which were families) fleeing the so-called Islamic State was burnt down.

But with nowhere to go, and no end in sight of the war in Syria and elsewhere, the north of France is still home to an estimated 800 migrants, around 200 of whom are minors.
Without a support network, the children remain infinitely more vulnerable to abuse, to disappearing, to being led and taken away by smugglers and traffickers. Activists on the ground are aware of too many cases trafficking, smuggling and disappearance.
In the UK, the Dubs amendment, part of the 2016 Immigration Act, was passed after a campaign to transfer 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees stuck in camps across Europe to Britain. There are more than 3,300 unaccompanied children in Greece , 11,186 in France and 13,867 in Italy. The Home Office has agreed to resettle 480 under the Dubs scheme. And has, so far, only resettled one.

Text by Alice Rowsome