‘Volunteer Humanitarianism’: volunteers and humanitarian aid in the Jungle refugee camp of Calais*

@article{Sandri2018VolunteerHV,
  title={‘Volunteer Humanitarianism’: volunteers and humanitarian aid in the Jungle refugee camp of Calais*},
  author={Elisa Sandri},
  journal={Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={44},
  pages={65 - 80}
}
  • E. Sandri
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
ABSTRACT The informal refugee camp in Calais, dubbed the ‘new Jungle’, reached an approximate population of ten thousand people in 2016. The settlement, despite these high numbers, did not receive aid from the French government or international aid agencies. As a response to the lack of institutional support, and given the squalid conditions of the camp, hundreds of volunteers and grassroots organisations took on the burden of delivering humanitarian aid and basic services in the Jungle. This… 

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