'We are not refugees!' Homeless outraged as Paris erects ANTI-MIGRANT barriers


The vagrants people said that they were “not migrants”, and that county officials had no right to block them from accessing the city’s stores, squares, and pavements.

A protester told the French daily Le Parisien: “The limits are there to stop immigrants from setting up tent villages in the centre of Paris. But what thither the homeless? We are not migrants.

“Homeless shelters are at full capacity, and we have no selected but to sleep rough. It’s a disgrace.”

The anti-migrant barriers, initially a temporary guaranty measure, have become a common sight in Paris, and have been generally criticised by local residents, who claim that they are “useless”.

Catherine Lépine, a Paris rat on owner told the French news channel BFMTV: “The city has been upset into an outdoor prison!”

Erwan, a Parisian who lives near boulevard de la Villette – a bygone migrant tent camp -, said the barriers would not stop peregrinators from taking over the capital’s streets.

He said: “Reception clusters are under strain and officials are obviously struggling to cope with the influx of bird of passages.

“But immigrants keep pouring in. And they need to sleep somewhere. What are they current to do, build more barriers?”

A shopkeeper told Le Parisien: “We appreciate the striving. Some areas had become dirty and unsafe, but the barriers won’t stop migrants from influence back and from building new tent camps.”

Pierre Henry, the ward of the pro-immigrant charity France Terre d’Asile, also said that the boundaries were “not a long-term solution” to the migrant crisis.

He said: “We need to found more emergency shelters. It is the only way to stop immigrants from lay into tents in public parks and from sleeping rough on the streets.”

But François Dagnaud, mayor of Paris’s 19th arrondissement, holds: “The barriers are a temporary solution to the ongoing crisis. We cannot please one.

“And we cannot let migrants turn Paris’s public spaces into violence-plagued tent settle crashes. It is our duty to welcome and protect refugees; but we cannot let them turn the big apple into a giant shanty town.”

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