Paris police have begun moving refugees out of a camp near the capital’s Stalingrad metro station, where some 3,000 were living in tents and makeshift shelters. Most arrived after the closure of the notorious Calais ‘Jungle’ camp, French media reported.

 

 

 

The evacuation began on Friday morning, with over 600 police officers deployed. Authorities plan to use 82 vehicles to transport the migrants to 70 refugee centers, AFP reported.

 

“This is the 30th sheltering operation within a year,” Minister of Housing Emmanuelle Cosse said, adding that there have been “a lot of new arrivals.”

 

“It is essential that we put them away. The objective is to put these people in shelters as quickly as possible,” Cosse said.

 

Cosse also announced that one of the planned new refugee centers, La Chapelle in northern Paris, will open within the next few days.