France: Overcrowded, 'prison-like' conditions in Blida migrant camp — resident

Between 800 to 1,000 migrants from Albania, Kosovo and a number of African countries are estimated to be crammed inside temporary housing in the ‘Blida’ camp in Metz, footage from Tuesday reveals. The temporary camp is located in a parking lot, which was opened in 2017 for a total of 300 migrants. However, the current number of people staying at the camp greatly surpasses its estimated capacity... Еще. According to the director of the Abbe Pierre foundation Veronique Etienne, France has kept the Roma people in a «grey zone» for a long time with access to only a limited number of professions, which is why «their integration was much delayed.» «There is no reception policy, there is no integration policy and there is no dignity for the people who are accommodated» said Raphael Pitti, a doctor who volunteers at Blida camp. For Eric Graff, member of a group that volunteers at the camp, the state isn’t putting public money to good use, «this money should be used in making real centres, this would be less expensive and especially over time this would cost even less.» The living conditions at the camp have been described as “prison-like” by a young migrant who is currently staying in a room with 10 more people. «Until 9.30 pm they leave the entrance open to go sleep and then they wake you up at 7 am like in prison», he said.

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