France: Fears over the fate of scores of forcibly evicted migrants in Paris

Up to 200 migrants and asylum seekers, many of whom have already been forcibly evicted in the past 10 days, are at risk of being removed once again from a park in northern Paris in the coming hours, leaving scores homeless, Amnesty International said.

“The French authorities cannot just keep moving these migrants and asylum seekers from pillar to post without seeking viable alternatives – the State has a duty to ensure durable accommodation solutions for all those who seek asylum,” said Marco Perolini, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Discrimination in Europe.

The French authorities cannot just keep moving these migrants and asylum seekers from pillar to post without seeking viable alternatives – the State has a duty to ensure durable accommodation solutions for all those who seek asylum.
Marco Perolini, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Discrimination in Europe

“Real and viable alternative solutions must be found to give these migrants and refugees adequate shelter and services, including access to asylum procedures.”

The migrants and asylum seekers have been sleeping at the Bois Dormoy Park near Gare du Nord train station. The association running the park has been hosting them but has said they must leave by 17:30 today. Municipal authorities have been working with two NGOs to agree on accommodation for a number of the migrants, but there are fears that scores could remain homeless.

Many of the migrants and asylum seekers now at Bois Dormoy Park, who mostly hail from Eritrea and Sudan, have been evicted by police from three other locations over the past 10 days.

Amnesty International has a delegation on the scene this evening and will be tweeting developments from @amnestypresse.