Some 1,600 migrants have been evacuated from a refugee camp on the outskirts of Paris near Porte de la Chapelle, according to city authorities. Around 350 police officers participated in clearing the camp.
The refugees are mainly from Africa and Afghanistan, the Paris prefecture said, as cited by AFP.
Most of the migrants are men, but there are about 75 “vulnerable” individuals, including 29 women and unaccompanied 22 minors.
The evacuation began early in the morning, at about 5:30am local time, and it seems that some of the refugees were happy to leave.
“The government will take us to houses, I don’t know where, but it’s good,” a migrant identified as Said, who has been sleeping outside for months, explained to RT. “Sure, it’s over three months,” he said.
At about 7am, many migrants started getting onto the buses that were to take them to housing facilities.