Paris to open first refugee camp in October

Paris, Sep 06: Paris will open its first refugee camp in October, the city’s mayor has said.

Making the announcement, the mayor said, “Paris will not stand by and do nothing as the Mediterranean becomes a graveyard of refugees.”

Anne Hidalgo previously said the site would conform to United Nations regulations and offer respite to homeless migrants within the city.

She said she was inspired by work at Grande-Synthe in Dunkirk, on France’s northern coast, where the country’s first internationally recognised refugee camp opened earlier this year.

Wooden cabins have been built there to house up to 2,500 people, many of whom are attempting to reach the UK, along with thousands of other asylum seekers to the west in the Calais “Jungle”.