Migrants in Paris: the defender of rights called to the rescue

    Migrants in Paris: the defender of rights called to the rescue

    An inextricable situation for more than five years. In Paris, the management of the migration crisis looks like an eternal restart, made of evacuations and reconstitutions of unworthy camps, highlighted by the gigantic and controversial evacuation of the Place de la République in November.

    For thirty-four associations and citizen groups, including Doctors of the World, Action Against Hunger, Emmaüs France and the League of Human Rights. The result is not there, and the context, still so alarming. They therefore seized the defender of rights Claire Hédon – responsible for defending the rights of citizens – about the situation of exiles in Paris and Ile-de-France. And wait for answers. In particular on the right to emergency accommodation.

    “The situation of exiles continues to deteriorate”

    “In five years, only in Paris, Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), more than 60,000 people have been taken care of during 283 sheltering operations – including 65 complete evacuations from the camp . Some of these people have been on several occasions after being returned to the street, a sign of a lack of continuity in accommodation, ”underline the signatories of the referral.

    They continue: “The situation of the exiles continues to deteriorate, with successive camps in increasingly worrying health and humanitarian conditions. While these people are often new arrivals, receiving asylum or benefiting from international protection. “

    Undersized support systems

    While hundreds of migrants are still on the street, associations and collectives claim that the support and support systems are undersized and tainted with dysfunction.

    “Today, some of these people on the street have lost their essential equipment during the evacuations of the camps at Place de l’Écluse in Saint-Denis on November 17, and at Place de la République on 23 November, the associations still regret. Others have since arrived in Paris and are in a permanent wandering. They all find themselves confronted, as after each evacuation, with police pressure linked to the desire to prevent the reconstitution of camps. This situation reflects the limits reached by the current reception system. “

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