French police clear hundreds from makeshift refugee camp in Paris

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - A makeshift refugee camp set up months ago in the Porte de la Chapelle area of northeastern Paris was cleared on Tuesday, according to police.

Most of the 1,600 residents are Afghan and African refugees and migrants. Some 75 people were described as being "vulnerable", including "29 single women and 22 unaccompanied minors," according to Paris police prefecture.

"These illegal settlements, which pose significant risks to the safety and health of their occupants and residents, have been the subject of evacuation orders from the Prefect of Police," a statement read.

The authorities said temporary accommodation would be offered.

Up to 350 police and some 100 government officials took part in the operation.

In November last year, French authorities launched a similar operation, evacuating thousands of refugees from a squalid camp in Paris that had doubled in size after the closure of the Calais refugee camp in northern France.

More than 1.1 million refugees, most of them fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa, flocked to Europe in 2015. The flow subsided to quarter of a million last year after the EU reached a deal with Turkey in March 2016 to take all people landing on Greek islands in return for financial aid to Ankara and the lifting of short-term visa requirements for Turks.



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