Road to Refugee
This article documents two separate volunteer trips to Calais in Northern France made by Trevor Keppel, MA student of Refugee Integration in DCU. The trips were made exactly 1 year apart over Christmas 2018 and 2019. Both trips involved fundraising and donating to contribute to NGOs working to support migrants who are living in makeshift camps. Trevor and his friends worked on the ground with various groups who sort and distribute warm clothes, camping equipment, as well as preparing hot meals and tea for distribution across the Northern France region. The accounts, sadly show little in the way of improvement over the course of 2019 for the people there with conditions worsening, while the numbers reported to be present have only risen. Trevor's blog highlights the ongoing desperate challenges faced by refugees in France as well as the experience of working with voluntary groups such as Help Refugees and Care 4 Calais.
Trevor is an MA Student of Refugee Integration in DCU. He is also an experienced urban planner and works with An Taisce Green-Schools in Dublin, as well as being an active member of the Ireland Says Welcome Comhlámh group. In the past 3 years Trevor, along with his friends Julie and Gavin, has been heavily involved in volunteer actions for migrant and asylum seeker rights both in Ireland and abroad, many of which are documented in their blog https://roadtorefuge.