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Hairstylist for the Migrants in Calais
Calais
By Steven Wassenaar
10 Feb 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hairdresser who works in the world of luxury and fashion, but in her spare time she visits migrant camps in France to offer them free hair cuts. We followed her in Calais and Dunkirk, and in Paris during a fashion show.

During fashion shows and shoots for luxury magazines, she works between Paris, London, New York or Milan, styling the hair of the supermodels for well known fashion houses. Now based in London, the young woman assists the stars of her profession, like the Japanese hair stylist Akki Shirakawa. She could have been content to continue her ascent in this world of luxury, glitter and glamor.

But last October the path of this hairdresser, who is a true nomad, crossed that of the thousands of migrants who settled in make shift camps in Dunkirk and Calais, some mere miles from the village where she grew up. "I have travelled in poor regions of Brazil, and I know that in the worst circumstances, the poor strive to preserve their appearance. It is a question of dignity, it helps preserve the morale. And I decided to help them with my means."

As soon as she gets the chance, Sabrina spends a few days to settle in the camps to cut the hair of migrants. Through her work the young woman has earned an astonishing popularity within a few months: numerous people come to greet her and are and queuing in front of her makeshift barbershops along muddy roads or in tents.

Nothing discourages them, nor the icy wind, nor the mud, nor the jokes in Kurdish, Arabic or Farsi, that comment the mimicry of customers, who try to make understandable by gestures their hair cut requirements. Even more amazing, Sabrina became met with migrant colleagues; she now calls to wield the clippers or scissors at her side.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 03
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque, 3000 Kurdish migrants camp out in the mud.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 04
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque where 3000 Kurdish migrants camp in the mud, Sabrina Lefebvre looks for hairdressers and barbers among the migrants whose help she can enlist.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Young men watch and wait their turn in the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque as Sabrina cuts their friend's hair. A hair stylist for the fashion world, in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in and around Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 07
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre styles a young woman's hair in a makeshift shelter in the Grand Synthe migrant camp in Dunkerque. She is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 08
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque, 3000 Kurdish migrants camp out in the mud.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 09
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Young men wait their turn as Sabrina Lefebvre and two of her apprentices from the camp cut hair in the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Young men wait their turn as Sabrina Lefebvre and two of her apprentices from the camp cut hair in the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre shares a meal with migrants during a break from cutting and styling. A hair stylist for the fashion world, in her free time Sabrina heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 15
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

In the Grand Synthe camp in Dunkerque, 3000 Kurdish migrants camp out in the mud.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 22
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
30 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 01
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre arrives at Calais Station from London. Sabrina is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 02
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina looks through the warehouse of the Auberge des Migrants for chairs she can use for her pop-up salon. Sabrina is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 05
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina Lefebvre is a hair stylist for the fashion world, but in her free time, she heads to the migrant camps in Calais to offer free haircuts to the inhabitants.

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Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina gives a haircut to a young man in the Calais camp. She works for free and often late into the night, giving haircuts to anyone who needs a trim or some styling.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 25
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina gives a haircut to a young man in the Calais camp. She works for free and often late into the night, giving haircuts to anyone who needs a trim or some styling.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 11
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina styles a young migrant man's hair in the recreational structure built by volunteers in the Calais migrant camp.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 13
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
29 Jan 2016

Sabrina styles a young migrant man's hair in the recreational structure built by volunteers in the Calais migrant camp.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 16
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 17
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 18
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 19
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 20
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 21
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 23
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Sabrina Lefebvre 24
Calais, France
By Steven Wassenaar
26 Jan 2016

In Paris, Sabrina styles hair for French designer Alexandre Vauthier's fashion show.

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Migrants (3 of 43)
Calais, France
By Carsten Snejbjerg
06 Apr 2010

Most of the time the migrants have to shower in the waste water from one of the factorys. The skind is scratching afterwards. One of the charity organizations are helping the migrants to get shower. But there are only few seats in the car and most of the migrants therefor have to take shower in wastewater.

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Fort Europa 2
Calais, France
By Carsten Snejbjerg
03 Mar 2010

An estimated number of five million illegal migrants live and work in the European Union. A number growing with at least 500.000 each year, despite great efforts by the EU, and in particularly the border states Spain, Greece and Italy, to prevent them from entering the EU.
In an area in the outskirts of Calais which goes by the name “the jungle", Afghan children and adolescents as young as 12 years of age, wash themselves in the waste water of the local factory.
They seek shelter and try to keep warm under blankets in the bushes and in tents donated by local charity organizations. It has been a very long and harsh winter. Should the migrants by any chance have assumed to have reached a peaceful place to rest after fleeing the war in Afghanistan, they have very soon been met by a quiet different reality. In the jungle of Calais the Afghan boys also seek shelter from a different power: the local riot police.