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France Shelters 2000 Refugees Living On The Streets

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| July 7 , 2017 , 17:58 IST

The French police on Friday moved more than 2,000 refugees and migrants from the roads of Paris to a temporary haven in school gymnasiums.

These migrants and refugees took shelter in the ‘Porte de la Chapelle’ area of northern Paris around Paris’s ‘aid centre for asylum seeker’ that opened in November last year.

The operation to move the migrants began at dawn. These migrants from various countries were living on the road for the past couple months in unsanitary conditions. They were living on the roads with no source of food or water. Some of them only had a rag or plastic bag for belonging.

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These migrants were calmly boarded onto a bus by the police and driven out of Paris and to school gymnasiums as a temporary shelter till the government finds a permanent solution to the migrant’s shelter.

It was the 34th large scale removal of migrants and refugees from the streets of Paris since 2015.

The Aid force protested and demanded the French government to establish an effective long-term solution for housing these refugees.

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A report in the British daily, Guardian, quoted Guillaume Schers, who runs the emergency programme for Terre d’Asile, a French NGO working with asylum seekers, said: “The number of people arriving in France is not likely to drop this summer.” He said there had to be a permanent, stable and strategic plan for taking care of asylum seekers in France rather than the current “multi-layered and complex” system focused on crisis management.

France has long been a hotspot for refugees and migrants from all around the world. Although the influx is not expected to change anytime soon, the conditions and aid for the migrants coming into the country were expected to go through a revolutionary change after the bashing victory of centrist French President Emmanuel Macron.

He told both houses of parliament that he wanted to overhaul the French asylum system, which is too slow, inefficient and lacking in protections. Macron said he wanted “a more human, and fairer” treatment of asylum requests by refugees.