French police dismantle migrant camps in Paris as immigration measures toughen

French police dismantle migrant camps in Paris as immigration measures toughen

Since the closure of a huge migrant camp in Calais in 2016, many refugees have moved to Paris, which has repeatedly broken up camps only to see them pop up again in different areas a few months later.

The decision was taken after the French Government listed several ways to curb immigration.

The French police has stated that they had initiated a crackdown on migrant camps in Paris, forcibly removing more than 1,600 undocumented immigrants.

Some 600 police officers escorted the migrants to coaches to take them to reception centres in the Paris area.

Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. Paris police chief Didier Lallement told reporters on the scene that he would not allow the camps to be re-established.

The centrist government's shift to the right has provoked anger from the left, as Mr Macron has been accused of cynically trying to fend off the appeal of the far right ahead of 2020's municipal elections.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner warned on Wednesday that the camps housing up to 3,000 migrants in northeastern Paris would be evacuated "before the end of the year".

Castaner also said the country would set up three new detention centers for the irregular migrants, and upgrade the language level requirement for citizenship. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) French Police officers evacuate a migrant during a large operation to dismantle makeshift migrant camps in the north of Paris, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

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.

It was the 59th evacuation of informal camps since 2015, Versini said.

But it also promised to facilitate more skilled migration in sectors where French businesses are struggling to fill jobs, including by setting annual quotas.

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