A new campaign by a French Catholic charity is aiming to provide clothes and other important goods to refugees and migrants living in poor conditions at the "Jungle" refugee camp on the edge of Calais, France.
Secours Catholique, the social action arm of the Catholic Church in France, announced that a new building in Calais will be used to house asylum seekers. This building will hopefully enable refugees to get new clothes and other items like bicycles, blankets and sleeping bags.
"For us, it's about having the ability to receive our migrant friends in a different setting, in town, in a more dignified way, where they can have a choice, without needing to queue and with a different type of welcome ... which is not possible in the Jungle," said Vincent De Coninck, manager of Secours Catholique in the Calais region, as quoted by Christian Today.
According to the latest census conducted by charities Help Refugees and L'Auberge des Migrants, there are more than 9,000 refugees and migrants living in the "Jungle" camp.
This report comes after the announcement by the U.K. government that they will be building a wall just outside the controversial Calais camp so as to prevent refugees from entering the United Kingdom.
This "big new wall" will be four-meters (13-foot) high and its construction will begin soon. It is part of a £17-million ($23-million) deal struck between the United Kingdom and France earlier this year to try to block refugees from crossing the English Channel. This is the latest attempt by the two governments to enhance border security around the French port city of Calais.
"We've done the fence. Now we're doing a wall," British Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced at a government hearing on Tuesday, as quoted by CNN.