Hollande comes up with a plan for decommissioning migrantenkamp Calais

Hollande comes up with a plan for decommissioning migrantenkamp Calais

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The French president Francois Hollande has come up with a plan for the dismantling of the migrantenkamp in Calais. Hollande wants the thousands of ‘residents’ to spread the word about shelters in the country.

It is the first time that Hollande with a detailed plan for the dismantling of the camp. According to the president get the migrants then four months in order to seek asylum in France.

Hollande had previously been considerable criticism about the poor conditions in which the migrants live in the camp. For himself, he also admitted that the conditions “unacceptable”.

According to the French government are about seven thousand migrants in the camp. In June this would be still there to 4,500. Humanitarian organisations, however, that there are currently about nine thousand migrants live.


Earlier this year, was a part of the camp already been demolished. During the French presidential elections in 2017 will be the refugee relief is an important topic. Therefore, it is expected that Hollande the whole camp now quickly wants to close.

The president made his plans known during a visit to a shelter in Tours, about two hundred kilometers southwest of Paris. The different locations offer according to Hollande space on forty to fifty migrants. “There would be no camps are allowed to be in France”, said Hollande during his visit.

In total, the migrants four months stay at those locations. There is consideration of whether they meet the asieleisen. The persons who do not meet the requirements will be deported according to the president.

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