Sunday, May 22

Paris: an evacuated migrant camp on the eve of the Night of Solidarity

Located on boulevard de Bercy, in the 12th arrondissement, a makeshift camp – in which nearly 300 migrants were installed – was evacuated this Wednesday, January 19, during a sheltering operation carried out by the authorities the day before the Solidarity Night.

“This morning, 275 people, including many young people, with families or alone, were sheltered. Thank you to all the services mobilized for this operation in Bercy. We cannot accept that children sleep in our streets”, thus communicated Emmanuelle Pierre-Marie, the mayor of the 12th arrondissement of Paris.

In total, there are indeed 149 people in families, 87 young people declaring themselves minors and 40 men, who were able to leave their tents installed on Boulevard de Bercy to be directed to emergency accommodation centers, indicated the association France Terre d’Asile (FTDA), State operator for these actions.

Mainly from Africa, these families and young people “had been on the street for at least a month”, notes Pierre Mathurin, Parisian manager of the Utopia56 association, which came to their aid in the street. If he is pleased that these people have been taken care of, he also underlines the “hypocrisy” of an evacuation “which was clearly carried out in anticipation of the Night of Solidarity”.

Organized every year by the Parisian municipality since 2018, this event aims to carry out an accurate count of the number of homeless people. This year, it must take place on the night of Thursday January 20 to Friday January 21 and must allow, for the first time, to refine the census of the population of INSEE, which will cooperate with the agents of the 27 cities organizing the Night of Solidarity on the same day.

On December 17, 105 migrants had already been evacuated from their camp located near the Ourcq canal and transferred to accommodation centers. It was then the third successive sheltering operation in a week in the capital, while 237 people had been evacuated from a tunnel also located in the 19th a week earlier, just like 331 exiles present on a camp near Bercy, in the 12th.

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