PARIS- On Wednesday Paris police started evacuating hundreds of migrants living in makeshift camps, as many European leaders are under pressure to tackle the refugee crisis, especially with the rise of far right parties in the European Union.
Reuters Television pictures showed many migrants, from the “Millenaire” camp next to a canal in northeast Paris, waiting to be escorted to temporary accommodation centres. Riot police were also on standby as the evacuation took place.
This is not the first time that the Paris police has conducted the evacuation, they have take previous measures to clear the camps only for camps to spring up again.
The EU has experienced a migrant crisis since 2015 following wars in Libya and Syria, with more than 1 million people from Africa and the Middle East have attempted to reach the continent via Turkey or by sea.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron said his government will be both firm and fair to immigration but in recent times he has taken a tougher stance, with parliament passing a bill that approves tougher asylum rules.
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