Kassim Tokan, the Human Relief Foundation, deputy chief executive is set to pull the plug on aid to the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp after discovering most people there are economic migrants ‘without any reason’ to leave their home country. The charity initially thought the refugees were all fleeing war and significant atrocities.
However, a recent visit by a team led by Kassim Tokan, discovered rather than vulnerable families fighting for survival the camp was ’95 to 97 per cent’ adult men. They discovered unwanted clothing and food being dumped and burnt by the migrants.
The discovery has prompted the charity – which sends relief aid to people in desperate need around the world – to change its aid policy in respect of the Calais camp where around 4,000 people are living. Mr Tokan, when asked if his charity would withdraw support for the camp’s inhabitants, he said: ‘Most likely, yes.’
He said it would be better to help people in genuine need in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey rather than ‘healthy people here.’
Mr Tokan, said many migrants in Calais had no ‘valid’ reason for going to the UK and should have stayed at home. ‘They have enough food, they have enough clothes and we have seen clothes everywhere thrown. I think we need to find other places. These people come from certain countries which are safe, everything is there, they can work, but I don’t know why they came here.
‘They want to leave their country without any reason. They want to go (to the UK) to get money, a better economic situation.’
Huge amounts of donated clothes, intended for women and children, have been dumped because there are few families there and unwanted food has also been left to rot.
France’s former employment minister Xavier Bertrand is one of many who said Britain’s ‘black jobs market’ was the goal of the mostly young men with mobile phones, rather than desperate families fleeing war and persecution.