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"They will be back during the day": in Calais, associations deplore the new dismantling of a migrant camp

2021-09-14T15:49:24.794Z

The police dismantled Tuesday a camp of a hundred migrants in Calais which caused according to the prefecture "serious



Since June, the old shopping area has already been evacuated twice.

This Tuesday, the police once again dismantled a camp of a hundred migrants in Calais, announced the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais, opposed to the formation of "fixing points" of migrants on the littoral.

"For several weeks, a hundred migrants have been installed on the Roselière site, located in Calais", causing "serious problems of safety, health and tranquility", assures a press release from the prefecture.

Seized by the owners of the two land concerned, the Boulogne-sur-Mer court issued eviction orders.

The prefect then "decided to grant the assistance of the police force in this sector" to carry out the expulsion.

The operation took place in peace and "86 people (including four women and 10 children) were taken care of and sheltered in various accommodation structures in the department", indicates the prefecture.

Unknown destination

"We are trying to keep people away from the border but we know very well that they will be back in Calais during the day or a few days later, it is not a system that works," lamented a spokesperson for the Human Rights Observers (HRO) inter-association network.

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Believing, as for the other dismantling, that it is not a question of agreed shelters, the spokesperson of HRO underlines that the operation began around 6 am, that the migrants were surrounded and did not know the destination of the buses they were getting on.

According to the prefecture, marauding "had been carried out on site to offer interested migrants shelter in various reception and accommodation centers in Pas-de-Calais" but HRO said it was not aware of the eviction orders.

On July 9, the police dismantled a migrant camp in this same former commercial area under construction, near the Calais hospital.

Almost 130 of them had been referred to various reception structures.

Around 500 migrants, including Sudanese and Iranians, were also expelled in early June.

Record of crossings this summer

Almost five years after the dismantling of the Calais “jungle”, hundreds of migrants are permanently present on the coast of North and Pas-de-Calais, in the hope of crossing over to England.

Crossings, whether successful or intercepted, on board small boats, reached records this summer, bringing the migrants involved between January 1 and August 31 to nearly 15,400.

Read alsoThe increase in migrant crossings from Calais worries the United Kingdom

The British government, which has made toughening the fight against immigration a priority since Brexit, raised its tone against France last week, demanding "results".

It is "not very audible to hear that France would not honor its commitments," replied the French Ministry of the Interior, according to which the numbers on the coast have more than doubled, with 670 police and gendarmes.

Source: leparis

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