Paris will open its first refugee centre solely for men next month in a bid to rid the city of makeshift camps.
With an initial capacity of 400, the emergency centre will be housed in an old railway site in the north of Paris.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo said today the centre will be opened by mid-October and added asylum-seekers would be allowed stay there for ‘five to 10 days’ while they receive medical and psychological care.
A second centre, for women and children only, will be opened in Ivry-sur-Seine to the southeast of Paris by the end of the year, she told a press conference.
Hidalgo said the €6.5million Paris centre aimed to take asylum-seekers off the streets while they wait for a place in a refugee hostel. – READ MORE