French police officers watch migrants packing their belongings in a camp of Grande Synthe, northern France on Tuesday. AP
French police are evacuating at least 900 migrants from a gym and a nearby tent camp near the English Channel, citing concerns about security and hygiene.
A spokesman for the Nord region said the migrants being removed from Tuesday from the town of Grande Synthe include an unspecified number of children with their families. Local media say the migrants include many Kurds from Iraq.
A court this month ordered the migrants removed, to stem violence and human trafficking in the neighborhood. The spokesman said the migrants are being taken to temporary shelters and allowed to apply for asylum.
Activist groups have warned that evacuations don't stop migrants from coming to the area. Migrants fleeing poverty and conflict have long congregated in towns along the French coast in hopes of crossing the English Channel to Britain.
Twenty rights groups — including Amnesty International and Medicins du Monde — on Wednesday denounced France’s “punitive policy” towards migrants held in the country’s detention centres.
French police on Tuesday dismantled a migrant camp in the northern port of Calais, from where thousands of illegal economic migrants and would-be asylum seekers have sought to cross the English Channel to reach British shores.
Franky Zapata set off on his "Flyboard" from Sangatte on the northern coast of France for the 20-minute trip to St. Margaret's Bay in Dover, on England's south coast.
Citizens also demanded from animal welfare societies in the Kingdom to honour the young man, who has not yet been identified.
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