Paris is set to open its first ever two refugees centres to accommodate thousands of asylum seekers fleeing from from war and poverty in their native countries.
This was confirmed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Tuesday and she further indicated that the two centers will be located at two seperate sites in the French capital.
“The two refugee centers will be built separately, with one at Porte de la Chapelle, located at the 18th district north of Paris and the other one at Ivry-sur-Seine, southeast of Paris, where the city’s water plant used to be based,” said Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris.
The city hall together with Paris police officers have cleared and relocated refugees from these places several times over. However, due to the continuous flow of refugees, the dense settlements in these areas have always resumed.
“We welcomed 15,000 refugees during the last year and a half, which means about 25 everyday. It’s far easier to relocate 25 refugees everyday than to relocate 1,000, 1,500, or even 2,500 every three weeks, one month or even two month at a time,” the mayor said.
A year ago, European leaders agreed on the EU proposal to redistribute 160,000 refugees across European states in order to help struggling Greece to cope with chaotic flows of migrants at its doors.