Migrants: evacuation of a large encampment in Grande-Synthe

The police began on Tuesday, November 16 the dismantling of a camp of about a thousand migrants in Grande-Synthe (North). “On my instruction, the police are proceeding with the evacuation of the illegal migrant encampment in Grande-Synthe this morning”, tweeted the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin.

This operation is being carried out at a time of diplomatic tensions between Paris and London on the migration issue. Gérald Darmanin also spoke on Monday with his British counterpart Priti Patel, but according to his entourage, this dismantling was “Scheduled for this date independently” of these exchanges. “It was earlier”, we insist.

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According to the prefecture of the North, the evacuated camp is ” the main “ de Grande-Synthe and it is home to “About a thousand people”. Migrants must be taken to centers “Where accommodation places have been identified in the north and other regions”.

The migratory pressure does not relax

According to the office of the socialist mayor of Grande-Synthe, Martial Beyaert, nearly 1,500 people, mostly Kurds, live in the dismantled camp, located on a former industrial wasteland. “We have to find a solution for these people, especially since we are going to arrive in winter. The state prevents them from going to sea and the state prevents them from staying here it’s a vicious circle ”, he pleaded. “The State attacks people who have nothing, without ever working on the causes”, for her part regretted Anna, coordinator in Grande-Synthe of the association Utopia 56.

For years, migrants have flocked to the Hauts-de-France coast, to towns like Grande-Synthe or Calais, in the hope of reaching the United Kingdom. The migratory pressure is not easing: according to the United Kingdom, 22,000 migrants have managed to reach England on board small boats since the start of the year. The human toll rises to three dead and four missing.

A parliamentary committee of inquiry on migration is due to present a report on Tuesday, in which it concludes that “France is in a state of mistreatment” towards migrants on its soil, according to its president, deputy Sébastien Nadot, from the Libertés et Territoires group (LT, bringing together elected representatives from the center-left and center-right).


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