It is from Calais, on the northern coast of France, that secret crossings of the English Channel are organized, day and night. Aware of the danger, but in search of a life that they hope will be better, the migrants have only one hope, to reach England. In an attempt to combat this illegal immigration, Paris and London signed the Le Touquet Agreements in 2003. Since then, the situation has intensified, Brexit has been adopted and the system no longer seems appropriate.
In Lille, a center welcomes refugees at the weekend to offer them “breathing space”. More than 2,200 people have benefited from the help offered by the Migration 59 association. Sophie Djigo, the founder of this collective, explains how this desire to act came to her.