Paris Authorities Bulldozed 2 Tent Camps & Relocated Over 2,000 Migrants (Video)

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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.

Paris Authorities Bulldozed 2 Tent Camps & Relocated Over 2,000 Migrants (Video)

Photo: Reuters / Benoit Tessier

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.

According to the mayor of Paris, Friday’s morning, authorities conducted two operations near the Montmartre district, where dozens of people had settled under a railway bridge. French Minister of Housing, Emmanuelle Cosse, added that social services collected and moved to temporary shelters 2,038 refugees, including some 154 ‘vulnerable persons’ that means families with children or single women. The shelters provided the migrants with food and medical care.

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.

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.

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