New camps for migrants to open in northern France
Jan 11, Paris: France has plan to move thousands of migrants into more permanent camps in northern part of the country and are expected to be given the go-ahead later on Monday.
Recently, several thousand people are staying in the camps in Calais and Dunkirk, popular spots for those seeking to cross into the United Kingdom.
The area has suffered heavy rains in recent weeks, leading one Dunkirk official to call conditions "inhumane", according to media reports.
But one senior official said new camps were not the solution.
One of the largest camps is in the coastal northern French town of Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk. The area's mayor, Damien Careme, told French media that, unchecked, the number of people in the camp could reach 10,000.
A new semi-permanent camp in Grande-Synthe, co-ordinated with the charity Medecins sans Frontieres, will have showers, better sanitation and more protection against cold weather.
Careme said the French state was against his plan to move migrants to the new camp, and MSF said last week that regional authorities had not responded to their requests to set up the site.
But permission is expected to be granted for the 2,500-person camp later on Monday.
The Olso Times