Calais: Who profited from the eviction of the Jungle?

Text originally sourced from the Corporate Watch website, with some adaptations for brevity. The original article was published under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.
The eviction of the Calais "jungle" migrant camp took place in early November 2016, and saw thousands of migrants who had gathered in the port town moved across France. The camp had become one of the best-known examples of how free movement in Europe is only an option for some, and shows us how a militarised border regime functions. New research by the Calais Research Network has found over 40 companies profiting from security guards, walls and fences, border technology, deportation and detention systems, police support, and police weaponry.

a research group formed in August 2016, and has compiled an expanded list of over 40 companies profiting from the border regime. These companies have an interest in building up

A Combined Systems Penn Arms PGL-65 tear gas launcher, used by the CRS police in Calais
A Combined Systems Penn Arms PGL-65 tear gas launcher, used by the CRS police in Calais

‘security’ in Calais and beyond, part of a flourishing industry surrounding everything from the privatization of lorry inspections to the manufacturing of tear gas canisters, and the constantly proliferating fences and walls along the highway.

The full list with detailed information on each company can be viewed on the new . This list is still far from complete, and the Calais Research Network will continue to update it as they uncover more information.

Below is a brief list of companies involved in the securitisation and militarisation of the area. A more comprehensive list and analysis can be found at: and

Security Guards:

  • Eamus Cork Solutions (ECS): freight searching, detention and prisoner ‘escorting’
  • Tascor: holding facilities and detainee transport
  • Biro Sécurité: biometric technology and security guards in the “Container Camp” and Jules Ferry Centre
  • ATMG: security on the container camp construction site
  • Mondial Protection: port and rail freight security
  • Wagtail: border detection dogs

Walls, Fences, and Construction:

  • Vinci, including subsidiaries Sogea and Eurovia: camp demolitions, wall construction, and just about everything else …
  • Jackson’s Fencing: 2015 fence
  • Zaun Ltd.: 2014 NATO fence
  • Groupe CW (Clôtures Michel Willoquaux): container camp fences 2015
  • Logistic Solutions: containers for the Container Camp

Border Technology:

  • L3 Communications: X-Ray Scanning Equipment
  • Roke Manor Research / Chemring Group: PMMWI (Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging) and vehicle scanning
  • Thales: port security and drones
  • FLIR Systems: thermal cameras
  • Smiths Detection: X-Ray technology
  • AMG Systems: CCTV technology for Eurotunnel
  • Clearview Communications: Eurotunnel CCTV
  • Rapiscan Systems Ltd. / OSI Systems: X-Ray technology
  • Scan-X Security: X-Ray technology
  • Chess Dynamics: day/night vision systems for Border Force boats
  • SmartWitness: DIY truck security systems
  • VisionTrack: DIY truck security systems

Deportation and Detention:

  • Twin Jet: deportation jet charter

Police support services:

  • IBIS (Accor S.A.): hotel of choice for the CRS riot police
  • Buzzlines Travel: bus transport of UK Border Force officers

Police weapons:

  • SAE Alsetex: teargas
  • Etienne Lacroix: teargas
  • Nobel Sport: teargas, most common variety used in the Jungle
  • SAPL: stun grenades
  • Verney-Carron: flashballs
  • Brügger & Thomet
  • Taser France
  • Marck
  • Combined Systems: teargas and rubber bullet gun
Programmes & Projects
Police militarisation theme

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