France to create 11,000 new refugee shelters

French Interior Ministry announces it will create 11,000 additional refugee housing units

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The French government plans to create over 10,000 housing units for refugees, as announced by France’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said it is a matter of “humanity and solidarity” and announced the government’s plan to create shelter homes for the migrants who have sought asylum arriving to European shores.

By 2016, the ministry plans to create at least 4,000 new shelters, and 1,500 emergency housing shelters for illegal immigrants.

France previously granted 20,640 refugees the right to remain in the country in 2014, and approximately 100,000 people have swept to shores of Europe since the beginning of 2015. Majority of migrants are from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.

Cazeneuve recently expressed in Calais that his ministry intends to encourage illegal immigrants to apply for asylum.

France currently has 25,000 beds in housing centres for refugees.

European nations failed to reach a sound agreement this week regarding a solution to the influx of migrants coming from war-torn countries.

Prime ministers of the UK and Italy have recently acknowledged the necessity to find a better approach to the migrant crisis among EU members, and Britain’s David Cameron has promised to help Italy with the crisis, one that caused a deepening rift between EU member states and Italy.

"We know there are different approaches in the European Union but I think we have the same values [and agree] this problem is a European problem," said Italian PM, Matteo Renzi.

Furthermore, Italy recently requested that the EU sets up a refugee processing camp in Libya where refugees have been attempting to cross into Italy, according to Renzi.

Last year, the EU had halted its funds to Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” operation, which helped rescue approximately 150,000 migrants from sea, leaving the country to tackle its migrant issue on its own.

"All it would really take is a serious reform on asylum law, and a unified European approach. Instead, everyone looks at their own numbers: 'I have 100,000, you only have 20,000, you need to take more.' That's the level we're at," Gabriele Del Grande, migration activist and author told VICE News.

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