FROM CALAIS TO KHARTOUM
SchNEWS - Direct Action Newsheet
Since the 3rd February, arrests of Sudanese migrants have steadily increased in Calais, and a high proportion of those now imprisoned in Coquelles (the Calais detention centre) are from Sudan. Last Thursday (16th) one person who was arrested in Calais was taken to Frankfurt to be deported back to Khartoum, and on the same day, three people who had been arrested in Paris were also sent back.
A fifth man was also due to be deported, but refused to get on the flight in Frankfurt, so was returned to Calais. A second deportation attempt was made in the early hours of Tuesday (21st), but the flight from Paris to Frankfurt was cancelled, and again he was returned to Calais. A third deportation attempt is expected in the next few days.
Three other Sudanese detainees have been given deportation orders in Coquelles. People who are arrested have only five days to put in their claim for asylum, but this information is not being made known to the migrants by the French authorities. One man who was not told of the time limit made a claim on his sixth day of incarceration, so has had it automatically refused.