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Western Europe The destruction of Paris: How the city of light became the city of garbage

Last year more than 100,000 migrants requested asylum in France, an increase of 17 per cent compared with 2016 and the highest ever recorded

France is a large country and its ability to temporarily house migrants shouldn’t be a big problem, in theory. In practice, however, migrants don’t migrate once in France, ironically, but concentrate; the best example being the infamous Calais camp or “Jungle”, from where they seek a way of entering the United Kingdom.

Besides that, a lot of migrants are also concentrated in France’s larger cities such as Bordeaux, Paris and Lille. These cities already had large migrant populations, a large underclass and probably more than a few no-go zones as well.

After the Calais jungle camp was demolished, things became worse. Mayors of seven major French cities rang the alarm because they could not help and accommodate the endless stream of migrants.


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