Syracuse Refugee Readings Response

Henk Wildschut’s Shelter background gives context for his series about the illegal immigrants that live in the forests of Calais called “The Jungle.” The forest serves as an intermediary between their final destination of Britain.

My hometown of San Jose, California also has an encampment know as “The Jungle”.

“The site was a place of misery where perhaps the nation’s largest homeless encampment, numbering as many as 300 people, once spread along a polluted Coyote Creek — a painful symbol of Silicon Valley’s struggle to offer affordable housing in one of the richest places on Earth.” (

A Year After ‘The Jungle,’ San Jose’s New Approach to Homelessness

Although the people in the encampments are there for different reasons, the destitution, and the response of government officials to the populations are similar.





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