>> Please, I ask you, don't push.>> Thousands of migrants living on the streets of Paris have been evicted. As dawn broke on Friday, dozens of police and white vans moved in to clear the area. Up to 2,500 men and women had set up temporary homes on the sidewalks in the north of the French capital.
Many of them had fled war or strife in countries as far away as Sudan, Eritrea and Afghanistan.>> The idea of this operation is first to get the migrants off the streets. But it is also to give people shelter in the right conditions. Shelter, both in terms of food and accommodation.
But also where needed, on demand medical assessments and medical care.>> It's thought about a hundred migrants a day were arriving here. There were concerns about the camps being a security and public health risk for both residents and locals. Escorted onto buses, the migrants will now be taken to temporary lodgings like gym buildings.
Paris City Hall had set up two new centers to register and temporarily house migrants. Despite that, the numbers at this street camp had still swollen. Local authorities have also reported a recent rise in the number of migrants roaming around the northern port city of
]. A sprawling illegal camp there was razed to the ground last November.
Its inhabitants were dispatched to other parts of the country.