Police clear out makeshift camp in Paris housing 1,500 migrants | Inquirer News

Police clear out makeshift camp in Paris housing 1,500 migrants

/ 02:01 PM May 30, 2018

PARIS  — Police are clearing out a makeshift migrant camp holding up to 1,500 people in northeast Paris that had become a focal point in France’s immigration debate.

Authorities moved in early Wednesday to the so-called Millennaire tent camp on the city’s edge alongside a canal used by joggers and cyclists. It is the largest of several around Paris. Two migrants drowned this month in canals along the encampments.

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City authorities said the migrants, mainly from Africa, will be taken to gymnasiums in the Paris region.

The camps are at the heart of a political debate between French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo over how to handle migrants.

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Police have cleared out some 28,000 migrants from Paris camps in the past three years, but the arrivals continue.

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