More evictions of Roma settlements in France

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"The forced eviction of an informal settlement near Bobigny, on the outskirts of Paris, has left about 180 people homeless. Sixty are temporarily living in two social care centres in Paris after having slept several days in a gymnasium. The others were not given any temporary shelter.

"On 21 October more than 300 Roma people living in the informal settlement of Bobigny were forcibly evicted. Only 134 people were offered any alternative housing solutions. About 120 people left the informal settlement shortly before the eviction. They had not been provided with any housing solutions and preferred to avoid any encounters with the police in charge of carrying out the eviction. Shortly after the eviction, the authorities followed the remaining people to ensure that they left the municipality of Bobigny. On 22 October at 1am, around 60 people, including children and infants, were eventually offered temporary shelter in a gymnasium by the local council of the 10th district of Paris. They were then moved into two accommodation and social rehabilitation centres in other areas of Paris."

Source: 'Action complémentaire. Toutes les familles expulsées n’ont pas encore été relogées', Amnesty International, 13 November 2014

The Romeurope collective has issued a press release condemning the continuous evictions, asking "how many more children will have to pay the price of an unfair, inefficient and incoherent policy."

According to the group of NGOs defending the rights of migrant Roma people, France is violating international and national law by evicting these people, which disrupts hundreds of lives without providing them with a durable solution and affects Roma people's economic and social rights including children's access to school.

Source: 'L'échec de la politique de résorption des bidonvilles!, Romeurope, 28 October 2014

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