The French authorities removed the migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea, who had settled in tents between the Jaures and Stalingrad metro stations in Paris.
The migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea, who had settled in tents between the Jaures and Stalingrad metro stations in Paris, were removed by the French authorities on Friday. The migrants were transported by buses and redistributed to temporary shelters in Paris region.
Cosse, who visited the scene Friday’s morning, promised that the state would “continue to take responsibility and to guide asylum seekers in places available in the entire country.” She also added: “There are many families with children, more than usual. They will obviously be supported.”
According to Cosse, since June of the last year, 19,083 accommodation beds have been set up in some 28 shelters for migrants, who are eligible to apply for asylum. While charities are financed by the French government for caring for refugees, living conditions vary greatly from one camp to another. France has been criticized for its handling of refugees, especially concerning the squalid makeshift camp near the coastal city of Calais.
Destruction du camp de migrants en cours à #Stalingrad. Évacuation de 1500 à 2000 migrants. #Paris pic.twitter.com/oKnm6Uh3eq
— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) 16 сентября 2016 г.
The Paris authorities are going to open the first refugee camp in the French capital in mid-October. The center, which will offer 400-place men-only beds in order to take migrants off the city streets, is planned to be housed in a former railway depot in the north of Paris. The second 350-bed center, which will be designed only for women and children, is expected to be opened in Ivry-sur-Seine to the southeast of Paris by the end of the year.
FRANCE – Migrants are evacuated from a makeshift migrant camp in Paris. By Christophe Archambault #AFP pic.twitter.com/yaqFf2QmUd — AFP Photo Department (@AFPphoto) 16 сентября 2016 г.