July 29, 2020 / 5:56 AM / 7 days ago

Police dismantle migrants' campsite near northern Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - French police dismantled on Wednesday a migrants’ campsite in Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris, amid mounting pressure for the government to demonstrate a tough stance on illegal immigration.

On Twitter, police said they had started to clear the site, while BFM TV said it was home to at least 1,500 migrants.

Many refugees have moved to Paris since the closure of a huge migrant camp in Calais in 2016.

Authorities have repeatedly dismantled illegal campsites only for them to pop up again elsewhere within months, with police clearing a makeshift shelter that had emerged again in Calais this month.

Many of the migrants have fled to France from North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, escaping countries blighted by wars and poverty.

Reporting by Jean Terzian and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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