Paris Authorities Erect Barricades at Site of Former Migrant Camp
Paris city workers installed barricades near Stalingrad metro station on November 7 after authorities cleared thousands from a makeshift migrant camp in the area in recent days.
French authorities began evicting more than 3,000 people from the camp in Paris on Friday, November 4, according to <a href="http://www.lepoint.fr/sante/refugies-urgence-sanitaire-dans-le-nord-de-paris-04-11-2016-2080602_40.php#xtor=CS2-239" target="_blank">local reports</a>. Between 2,000 and 3,000 migrants had been sleeping rough in the area for several months, a number that spiked sharply after the closure of the Jungle camp in Calais. Local prefecture services <a href="http://www.lepoint.fr/sante/refugies-urgence-sanitaire-dans-le-nord-de-paris-04-11-2016-2080602_40.php#xtor=CS2-239" target="_blank">said</a> that in the previous week an estimated 4,000 people had been sheltering at the Paris camp.
According to a <a href="http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75019/paris-a-stalingrad-les-migrants-continuent-d-arriver-07-11-2016-6299715.php" target="_blank">Le Parisien</a> report on November 7, pro-refugee activists at the site were told the barricades were erected for a sporting event. Residents and aid workers were cited in the report as saying hundreds of migrants, including children, were left wandering the streets after the camp was cleared, seeking shelter.