living in a camp during COVID-19

30 December 2020| social team member at a refugee camp in Luxemburg

“We were lucky to see that our refugee camp was spared dramatic situations. And this even though refugees do never enjoy the same protection opportunities than citizens do enjoy in their private lodgements with all their self-determined protection measures. It was sometimes a bit tricky but we all and particularly our refugees managed quit well to survive this first year of the corona-crisis.

And I am proud about “my ” refugees ….We had to live a year full of restrictions, orders, and renunciations. This was true for the whole population, but it was lived much more intensive by our refugees due to their unlucky and cramped living situation. All the orders of slow down and the shutdown were often stronger and stricter for our refugees than they had been for most parts of the population. Established citizens are complaining since December about the restriction of only two allowed guests. Our refugees have not been allowed any visits at all since March. Established citizens are complaining since December about restrictions during leisure time. Our refugees have not been allowed any leisure activities at their camp at all since March.