Rabat - French police forces removed over 1,000 Sudanese, Somalian, and Eritrean migrants from the “Millénaire” migrant camp in Paris on Wednesday morning.
Rabat – French police forces removed over 1,000 Sudanese, Somalian, and Eritrean migrants from the “Millénaire” migrant camp in Paris on Wednesday morning.
The regional prefect Michel Cadot announced the number of migrants dislocated from Millénaire, which is Paris’s largest camp, totaled 1,016, including 11 minors and 64 women, children, and elderly people.
Cadot announced that the migrants would be split into two groups and sent to facilities in Paris and another facility in the Île-de-France region.
Furthermore, he stated that two additional camps in Paris will be “evacuated” within the next week: Canal Saint-Martin and Porte de la Chapelle. An estimated 800 Afghani, Sudanese, and Eritrean migrants currently reside in the two camps.
The camp dislocation followed a battle in which Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo refused to allow security forces to break down the camp, which was ordered by French Minister of the Interior Gerard Collomb. While Collomb has said that some migrants must be expelled from France, Hidalgo has called for increased efforts to integrate migrants into society.
The French minister of the interior ordered the “evacuation” of 2,300 migrants, many of whom travel through Morocco en route to Europe, at the Millénaire and other camps around Paris on Wednesday, May 23.
The camp breakdown on Wednesday marks the 37th migrant camp “evacuation” in Paris since 2015. Approximately 28,000 migrants have been dislocated from the camps during the same period.