A container city sprang up in the middle of Calais’s jungle in January. Better than the flimsy tents they replaced, these metal boxes with their bunk beds are home for 1400 migrants. It is a warm spot in their long journey into exile. “Inside this camp, it is safe. But if you go out of this camp, there is no security.” says Afghan migrant Hayatullah Hayat Sirat. The camp has been ringed off with high security ID entries. Access codes, palm recognition biometrics, high fences and video cameras have been used to crack down on the Jungle’s violence, all controlled by a voluntary association, La Vie Active. The state has given it responsibility to manage, and it has chosen safety-first. “Imagine it there were no fences, and there was no system to record people’s handprints. There wouldn’t be 12 people to a container, there’d be 40,” says La Vie Active’s Director Stéphane Duval. Safety first has a price. La Vie Active and the state are vague on the subject but admit much of camp’s 23 million euro budget is eaten up by security. This is a honeypot for Biro, the camp’s security company whose boss admits off-camera to employing 15 […]
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