PARIS: Officials Clear Migrant Camp of 1,000

With current attacks and plots, no official wants to take the gamble and allow these migrants to camp out.

French police has evacuated nearly 1,000 migrants from a makeshift camp underneath the train tracks by a Paris subway station on Wednesday.

Some 985 people were removed from the camp near the Stalingrad metro station in east Paris, which has mushroomed in recent weeks in the wake of the destruction of the Jungle camp in Calais.

The migrants, mostly from Sudan, Eritrea and Afghanistan, will now be housed in emergency shelters for a month, allowing them to begin the asylum process, the Interior Ministry said.

The Paris camp sprung up underneath an elevated section of the metro train track near Stalingrad station earlier this year.

Some 400 people were evacuated on March 7 and taken to shelters, but the camp quickly reformed, prompting, with officials noticing more migrants coming into the capital.

‘The pace is increasing, I think there are a large number of people who were in Calais and who are coming to Paris,’ said regional government official Sophie Brocas.

The evacuation was the 19th of its kind in Paris since June last year, which has seen 6,500 migrants moved to emergency shelters.


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