Paris destroys ANOTHER huge migrant camp, with 1,500 people – many thought to be planning to enter Britain – moved away from the city’s Eurostar station before dawn
- Police have cleared up to 1,500 migrants from a major camp in northern Paris
- 600 officers participated in an operation to empty the camp early Thursday
- Migrants will be offered temporary shelter and chance to apply for asylum
- Camp was located underneath the A1 motorway, which leads to Calais, and close to Eurostar track as hundreds of migrants try to make their way to Britain
Up to 1500 migrants including hundreds trying to get to Britain have been cleared out of an illegal camp in Paris.
Some 600 police were involved in the operation, close to the Gare du Nord Eurostar station, in the early hours of Thursday.
‘The operation started just before dawn, and women and children were among those cleared,’ said a local government source.
Up to 1,500 migrants were cleared out of a camp in central Paris in the early hours of Thursday by hundreds of police officers
Children were among those ushered out of the camp at La Chapelle, in the north of the city, and on to buses so they could be taken to temporary accommodation
It is thought hundreds of those living at the camp were attempting to reach Britain, since they were living next to Eurostar lines and underneath a motorway leading to Calais
All of those living in the squalid camp will be offered shelter in nearby gyms and community centres, as well as the chance to apply for asylum in France
‘Their illegal camp in La Chapelle was a public health threat and not a safe place for anybody to be living in.
‘All those evacuated were placed on coaches and taken to gyms and other centres nearby, or in other parts of France.’
The source added: ‘There was no resistance from those told to leave,’ adding that they came from African countries such as Eritrea, as well as Afghanistan and Syria.
He said they would all be offered temporary accommodation, as well as the chance to claim asylum in France.
Their Paris camp – which included tents and bivouacs – had built up next to railway lines heading towards the UK, and the A1 motorway which leads to Calais.
Hundreds of those staying at the camp are thought want to make it to Britain, and are willing to pay people smugglers to take them on the last leg of the journey hidden in the back of lorries, or in cars.
Some also try and get aboard train heading for Britain.
The camp was located underneath the A1 motorway which leads to Calais, and is used by traffickers to help migrants reach the UK
Police said the La Chapelle camp was unsafe and unsanitary, and that there was no resistance from those being cleared out
Police chiefs said this was the 59th operation to clear a migrant camp in Paris since 2015, when Europe saw an influx of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa
Paris police prefect Didier Lallement said at the scene: ‘I will no longer tolerate these installations by the roadside here or in any other public spaces in Paris.’
Images of the operation were posted on social media accounts by the human rights organisation Info Migrants Francais (News about French Migrants).
In 2016 a vast illegal camp in Calais which became known as ‘The Jungle’ was burnt to the ground and some 8,000 UK-bound migrants ‘evacuated’.
It had become a magnet for people all over the world who wanted to claim asylum in Britain.
Today’s operation was the 59th of its kind in Paris since late 2015, and regional prefect Michel Cadot pledged that there would be many more.
The clearance of the La Chapelle camp comes three years after the famous Jungle camp near Calais was cleared by French police
Migrants are evacuated by the police from a camp in northern Paris early on Thursday
Police said the migrants in the camp had come from northern Africa, but also the Middle East such as Afghanistan and Iraq
He said a similar camp had built up next to the Porte d’Aubervilliers exit of the Paris ring road and would be destroyed ‘over the next few weeks’.
On Wednesday, France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced far tougher measures against migrants travelling illegally through France.
He said camps would be shut, and that it would be harder for migrants to access non-urgent healthcare in the country.
Many in France believe that migrants are urgently trying to get to the UK before Brexit makes getting into Britain harder.