Paris authorities evacuate hundreds from refugee camps

Hundreds of refugees moved from camps by Paris' Austerlitz railway station and town hall of 18th arrondissement early on Thursday morning

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Refugees leave their tent camp in Paris on Thursday

In Paris, more than 500 Syrian and other refugees are cleaning out from tent camps and switching to special housing as France increases its efforts in dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis.

The refugees were woken up by city social workers and charity workers before dawn on Thursay and they collected their belongings calmly while being watched over by police.

The day after the French government’s pledge confirming a European Union quota of 24,000 refugees, two camps of refugees in Paris were cleared on Thursday morning,

The operations cleared in camp near the Gare d'Austerlitz train station in southeast Paris, and another in the 18th arrondissement of northern Paris.

They will be moved to temporary residences to stay in, officials said.

France has been criticised for its reaction to the refugee crisis which is considered to be less substantial than that of neighboring Germany which has taken in hundreds of thousands of people.

The number of refugees leaving France has increased by 20 percent this year, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said.

Meanwhile, according to AFP, the number of refugees arriving Germany will exceed 500,000 by the end of 2015.

TRTWorld and agencies