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The Clandestine Exchange

Part 2 Project 2015
Peter Darby
Sheffield Hallam University, UK
The French port of Calais is a City in transition. Its socio-cultural identity is adapting due to a migrant population descending on the City, usually to escape war torn homes and oppression. The migrants share one common goal; to reach the UK. It has been documented that there are approximately 2,500 migrants currently living within Calais. The conditions which they are living within are often dire; sleeping in make shift shelters and squats, washing in dirty canals, wearing whatever clothes they can find and risking their lives attempting to smuggle themselves to the UK. Existing actors attempt to assist the migrants. Charitable organisations provide daily meals and items of clothing. Activist groups help find suitable squats and support the migrants in their clandestine activity. The border authorities do their upmost to prevent this help, making the work of the activist groups largely frowned upon and often illegal. The proposed scenario doesn’t look to change the work of existing actors, but seeks to improve their ability to assist the migrant population. The work of charitable organisations will act as a ‘disguise’ for the work of the activist groups allowing them to continue to operate with a reduced chance of being caught.
Peter Darby

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