A lawyer in the Jungle of Calais

By Camille FratiLex Kleren Switch to French for original article

In January, Nora Fellens, 31, finished a year of volunteering with migrants stranded in Calais, who are often hoping for a passage to the United Kingdom.

Nora Fellens welcomes us in a small mansion in Limpertsberg. It is the seat of Wagener & Erpelding, which welcomed her for an internship and also, where she learned her legal skills: labor law, family law, commercial law… She ended up preferring litigation. She still keeps some of the files, mainly of minors, which she continues to follow when she comes back to Luxembourg.

Admitted to the bar in 2016, Nora Fellens is in the prime of life. In this first decade of her career, she has everything to learn: she is supposed to be working like her peers, accumulating files, gaining experience, skimming the courts, quenching her thirst for pleading.

But she has chosen another path. Since January 2020, she has been working as a volunteer at the “Cabane Juridique”, a French association dedicated to informing migrants – "exiled people", she corrects – about their rights and accompanying them in the defense of these rights, which are too often flouted on their way to a decent life. These people fail in Calais. This port city in northern France has the particularity of being just a stone's throw away the Eurotunnel a pathway to the United Kingdom, the Eldorado of thousands of migrants in Europe.

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