Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

French police clear 450 migrants from camp in Nantes

Share this article

French police clear 450 migrants from camp in Nantes
Migrants and refugees are evacuated from their camp by French CRS riot police at Daviais square in Nantes, western France, on July 23, 2018. Photo: AFP
14:38 CEST+02:00
French police on Monday cleared some 450 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants from a park in the western city of Nantes where they had been camping for more than a month.
Regional authorities said 455 people were cleared in the operation, ordered over the "worrying" sanitary situation at the encampment, where rats had been 
spotted and where some migrants had caught scabies.
 
Nantes, a riverside city in Brittany home to 300,000 people, has seen asylum applications jump 28 percent in a year, bucking a trend among most other big French regional cities.
   
The migrants evicted from the city-centre camp were sent to a public hall where officials were examining their cases.
 
Photo: AFP
   
Regional authorities said they would shelter "the most vulnerable people" and asylum seekers "as much as possible", but warned that their facilities were "saturated".
 
Officials had said last week that they had found only 100 spaces in emergency shelters throughout the region.
   
"It means at least 300 people are going to sleep in the street tonight, without tents," said Francois Prochasson, a member of a local group which helps migrants.
   
"They're just going to go somewhere else, to another park, and nothing will have been fixed," he said.
 
Photo: AFP
 
Regional authorities said migrants who "cannot claim asylum or legal residency, or who have claimed asylum in another European Union member state, will be asked to leave the country".
 
President Emmanuel Macron's government is pushing through parliament a tough new immigration law which would speed up the asylum process and accelerate deportations.
   
France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year, though the overall numbers entering Europe via dangerous Mediterranean crossings have 
fallen sharply from their peak in 2015.
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.
Advertisement

From our sponsors

Game-changing flight tips for smart business travellers

Whether you're flying for business or pleasure, you don't need to break the bank when booking your next transatlantic flight. As one travel blogger explains, there are ways to fly in style without forking out for a first-class ticket.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement