Refugees place presentation
Since 2006, the city of Grande-Synthe is regularly facing the arrival of small groups of refugees due to its location, near a highway, 25 miles from the emblematic city of Calais.
IN 2015 the number increased drastically to reach about 2800 people on the Basroch site in December.
Living conditions were so poor back then that Mr. Damien Careme, city mayor of Grande-Synthe, decided to close down that improvised camp to develop the first humanitarian camp ever built in France, in cooperation with the famous international NGO Doctors without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières).
It became effective on March 7th 2016.
Thanks to the magnificent and generous support of local, national and international NGOs based here since the beginning of the migratory urgency, the refugees’ humanitarian camp is running smoothly.
Local governments, town hall of Grande-Synthe and Urban District of Dunkirk decided to get involved to the cause so that “le Camp de la Linière” could become a worthy and human solution for the refugees in the Dunkirk area.
On May 30th 2016, the State of France signed a contract of cooperation. Minister of Internal Affairs Bernard Cazeneuve and Emmanuelle Cosse, Minister of housing, signed on behalf of the French government, a three-parties-agreement with the city of Grande Synthe and the NGO managing the humanitarian camp, Afeji.
That agreement allows financing part of the daily routine on the humanitarian camp in addition to the associative projects created by Grande-Synthe town hall.
This website aims to facilitate interactions between volunteers, financial helpers, donators and the Refuge place coordination crew.