Migrants: Paris tolerates occupation old buildings

france-reserve-environ-25-000Before finding this refuge, he spent weeks on the edge of the Seine.

Paris gets blinders address humanitarian groups that convert abandoned public buildings into centers for migrants, thus recognizing that the 1000 emergency housing sites created since June are not sufficient to house all homeless migrants in the capital, said Deputy Mayor Bruno Julliard, a French radio.

In school classrooms, sleeping bags are lined up on makeshift mattresses made with cardboard boxes. Migrants drink instant coffee and eat a goulash concocted from food donations. This is not a five star, but everyone – migrants, supporters and municipal governments – agree that it’s better than the pavement.

In the schoolyard, echoes of all languages ​​bounce off the asphalt when people play soccer, cards, paint murals. Younis studied French, its alphabet and its new sound for him who speaks Dari.

But the real challenge is more to face the fact of not having work or housing. “I can not read, I can not concentrate,” he blurted. Before leaving Afghanistan, it was exporting flowers in China and the United Arab Emirates.

In the south of Paris, a former hotel also hosted about 200 migrants. Cooperative groups collaborate to manage these makeshift centers.

France has about 25 000 beds reserved for asylum seekers. Last year, 70,000 people applied for asylum in France. Europe is “facing an unprecedented migration crisis” as the Julliard presented the Deputy Mayor.

Allowing migrants to occupy empty buildings is a way “pragmatic” to accommodate people that France can not return home. Deport these individuals in conflict areas violate international conventions on human rights.

In June, the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, announced that France would create by next year 11,000 new shelters for migrants. But Paris “must do more” in partnership with the national government, said Bruno Julliard. This is why the City tolerate the occupation of abandoned buildings.

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