PARIS (Reuters) – French police started evacuating migrants on Thursday from an illegal camp site in northern Paris, the local police force said in a statement, as the government aims to show it is taking a tougher stance on illegal immigration.
The police said it would be moving between 200-300 people from the illegal site in northern Paris’ Porte d’Aubervilliers, and putting them up in shelters.
Since the closure of a huge migrant camp in Calais in 2016, many refugees have moved to Paris. Authorities haves repeatedly dismantled illegal campsites only to see them pop up again in different areas a few months later.
Earlier this month, President Emmanuel Macron’s government pledged to clear out some migrant tent camps, impose quotas for migrant workers and deny newly-arrived asylum seekers access to non-urgent healthcare, in a response to voters’ concerns about immigration.
Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta