the vast Aubervilliers migrant camp evacuated this Wednesday

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the vast Aubervilliers migrant camp evacuated this Wednesday


Between 1,500 and 2,000 migrants lived in this huge camp installed along the Saint-Denis canal, the dismantling of which began early this Wednesday morning.



© François Guillot
The migrant camp, along the Saint-Denis canal in Aubervilliers


The evacuation of the huge Aubervilliers migrant camp, in Seine-Saint-Denis, began this Wednesday morning. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people, mainly single men but also 200 people grouped into families, lived in this unsanitary camp made of tents and cardboard boxes along the Saint-Denis Canal. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Mali, Ethiopia and Sudan.

For several weeks now, as the number of occupants in the camp has increased, tensions have grown steadily between migrants and residents of the neighborhood.

Transported by coach to gymnasiums

The evacuation of the camp began early Wednesday morning. The police arrived in large numbers, accompanied by associations of aid to migrants, who had been warned Tuesday at the end of the day of the dismantling of the camp.

The evacuated migrants will be transported by bus to gymnasiums in the department. In all, 13 were requisitioned by the Paris police prefect to receive them.

Among the evacuees, some may be transferred to reception centers where they can make asylum requests. But most migrants are expected, as with every evacuation, to find themselves on the streets again in a few days.

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