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Paris will open its first refugee camp in the city next month

Another is planned before the end of the year.

The first camp will be for men only.
The first camp will be for men only.
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PARIS WILL OPEN its first refugee camp in mid-October, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has confirmed, announcing a centre solely for men with an initial capacity of 400.

The emergency centre, which will be housed in an old railway site in the north of Paris, aims to replace the makeshift camps that keep springing up around the city.

Hidalgo, who had announced in May that the camp would be created, said asylum-seekers would be allowed stay there for “five to 10 days” and would receive medical and psychological care.

A second centre, for women and children only, will be opened in Ivry-sur-Seine to the southeast of Paris by the end of the year, she told a press conference.

Hidalgo, a Socialist, said the €6.5 million Paris centre aimed to take asylum-seekers off the streets while they wait for a place in a refugee hostel.

The announcement comes as yet another makeshift camp housing several hundred people in northern Paris was dismantled by police on this morning.

© – AFP 2016

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