10 DAYS AFTER THE PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE
10 DAYS AFTER THE PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE, 400 PEOPLE ARE STILL LEFT HOMELESS ON THE STREETS OF PARIS.
Following the events at the Place de la République, the government announced that they had provided shelter for 400 people, the number present at the site.
This provision of shelter, despite being a first step, is insufficient. There are still around 400 displaced people left on the streets in the north of Paris. In addition, several people have notified us that they are going to be removed from their shelter and turned back onto the streets on the 15th of December, when lockdown ends.
Emmanuel Wargon, the Minister for Housing, and Marlène Schiappa, the Deputy Minister for Citizenship, organised two meetings with different refugee aid associations in the days following the events at the Place de la République. We haven’t been invited to these meetings and the Prefecture of the Ile-de-France as well as the government continually refuses to engage in dialogue with us, despite our numerous efforts via email.
Currently there are no plans being put in place for any initial reception system. This means that displaced people arriving in France, regardless of their nationality or circumstances, are forced to spend several weeks on the streets before receiving accommodation.
Furthermore, putting 400 people in accommodation is not enough to break the hellish cycle of temporary camps. Before too long another inadequate camp will appear in the north of Paris, or else, as has been the case over the last few weeks, police harassment towards displaced people will continue forcing constant upheaval.
We, displaced people and those supporting them, will not back down on this debate and will keep making visible government failings and the barriers to accommodation facing those worst off. Meanwhile we will keep standing by and maintaining a centralised record of the number of people being turned back out onto the streets.
We demand that everyone still living on the streets is offered housing unconditionally, as well as the creation of a proper reception system!