French police dismantle large migrant camps in Paris


To better curb immigrants flows, the French government has taken tougher regulations, which include quotas for immigrant workers and restricted access to non-urgent healthcare for newly-arrived asylum seekers, two measures supported by the right-wing parties.

French police evacuated over 1,600 migrants from two camps in northern Paris on Thursday, one of the biggest operations of its kind in the city for years. The camps mostly include migrants from various families from Afghanistan and sub-Saharan Africa.

Buses took away hundreds of people in the Porte de la Chapelle area, where illegal refugees live in tents under and around the flyovers of the Paris Peripherique ring road and the ramps to the A1 highway.

French police have started clearing migrant camps in and around Paris as part of a government effort to crack down on immigration.

Paris' socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters at the scene that authorities had told her "time and again the camps would not come back, but each time they have reappeared".

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Residents have long complained of insecurity and unsanitary conditions at the camps, and police officials said they had registered 213 "aggressions" near the Porte de la Chapelle camps this year - not including clashes between migrant groups.

Lallement added that police would remain at the camp sites over coming weeks to ensure that migrants released from detention do not immediately return. Many volunteers from different associations were also present.

"Dispersal operations are no solution".

Those whose asylum requests are rejected will be expected to leave France, while some are likely to be deported back to the countries they left.

France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had made "the commitment to evacuate by the end of the year the camps of north-east Paris".