Thousands of migrants evicted from Paris

Migrants tents in Paris – Photo credit AFP

TMP – 06/09/2017

French police last month evicted thousands of migrants living in tent camps on the sidewalks in an area in northern Paris. During the operation, hundreds of police officers moved in to clear the area, evicting some 2,500 migrants. This is the second eviction in Paris since July where more than 2,700 migrants were also removed from tent camps.

“These illegal camps present a security and public health risk for both the occupants and local residents,” the Paris police prefect’s office said in a statement, adding that some 350 officers took part in the operation.

The migrants, predominantly from Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan, were escorted onto busses and taken to temporary accommodation centers in and around Paris.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the ministry was studying how to avoid migrants from gathering again in Paris.

“What we want to do is to ensure that there isn’t a focal point [in Paris], but that we can welcome [the migrants] within the national asylum schemes, possibly on the outskirts of Paris. It shows that the Parisian system has some dysfunctions,” Collomb said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Collomb to accelerate the processing of individual asylum requests, with the aim to decide within six months who is granted refugee status and who should be returned to their home country.