Paris : a camp of young migrants is installed near the place of the Republic - The Point

A camp consisting of 75 migrants, perceived by the associations as unaccompanied minor aliens, has formed in the evening of Monday, June 29, in Paris, in a squa

Paris : a camp of young migrants is installed near the place of the Republic - The Point

A camp consisting of 75 migrants, perceived by the associations as unaccompanied minor aliens, has formed in the evening of Monday, June 29, in Paris, in a square a few hundred meters from the Republic square. The action was organized by the associations of migrant assistance Utopia56, Doctors without borders (MSF) and Comède, which require a better support by the State and communities of these young people.

The associations are campaigning for young people to recognized major and who have made an appeal are considered to be minors, thus children in danger, the time of the final judgment. "An appeal may last between six months and a year and a half, but today nothing is suited to host and accommodate with dignity these young people, waiting for their judgment," explained Florent Boyer, coordinator in Paris of Utopia56, who will not accept " just a sheltered the part of the State ". Today, these young people must "rely only on the assistance of associations to be housed, fed and cared for," says Caroline Douay, project coordinator at MSF, which wants to put the departments and the city of Paris, in charge of the issues of unaccompanied minors, " face their responsibilities ". Currently, they are "about 300" to live in Paris and its suburbs, in hotels or on the street, according to MSF.

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In April, lawyers, NGOS and associations had sent a report to the public prosecutor of Paris to report on the situation of these children "left to themselves" and be exposed to a "grave danger" due to the lack of accommodation for the containment. At the end of may, Utopia56 had set up a camp on the quays of the bassin de la Villette fifty tents and composed mostly of families and women to ask the State to support these people during the confinement.

Updated Date: 30 June 2020, 01:33

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