Rejecting ‘Nationality Swapping’ and ‘Imposter-Children’ in Refugee Politics

The New West

By Stephanie J. Silverman

Calais2015j.jpgA refugee at The Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France, October 2015.

This month saw France violently demolish the migrant settlement known as The Jungle. Situated on the shores of Calais, facing the Cliffs of Dover, the camp had become home to between 7,000 – 10,000 mostly African, Middle Eastern, and Southern Asian people, including men, women, families, and unaccompanied children. Despite its being physically wiped away, The Jungle remains a symbol of Europe’s failure to deal humanely with African and Middle Eastern asylum seekers.

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