Puythock Refugee Camp Eviction, Grande-Synthe, France – October 2018

By the end of October 2018, the French authorities decided to once again evict the camp in Puythock. At 8:00AM, 700 Police Nationale, CRS and Gendarmes descended upon the residents and escorted as many as they possibly could to buses. Some of the buses went to accommodation centres, some went to detention centres. People would not know where they would end up until they ended up there.

The day passed, thankfully, without violence. This was most likely due to the proximity of the newly appointed Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. At the end of the day the Interior Minister announced the eviction a success and that no migrants remained in the area. By the time night fell several hundred people were roaming the streets of Grande-Synthe despondent, with nowhere to go. As of January 2019 there are still hundreds of people living in Puythock.