GALLOO REFUGEE SQUAT, CALAIS

October, 2014

The Galloo squat was opened in 2014 in a former aluminum reclamation facility in Calais. At its peak the 12,000m space it became home to more than 300 refugees who were drawn to Calais by the chance to cross the Channel to the UK. The squat was raided by French police about a month after I visited and all the occupants were evicted.  There were reports that 66 people were arrested and around 40 of them were taken to the detention center in Coqulles. There is now security on the premises.

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

Refugee inside one of the buildings at Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

A tiny office serves as a bedroom at Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

A refugee walks into the largest warehouse space at Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

Tents pitched inside the warehouse at Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

A refugee gets a haircut inside the main warehouse at Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

One of the refugees living at Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

Graffiti on the wall of Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

Refugees in the large yard at Galloo squat

Galloo refugee squat, Calais

Portable toilet and washing in the yard at Galloo squat