Court orders migrants evicted in Channel port

4th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 October 2007, CAEN (AFP) - A French court Wednesday ordered the eviction of several dozen illegal immigrants from a makeshift camp in the Channel port city of Cherbourg, where they are awaiting passage to Britain.

4 October 2007

CAEN (AFP) - A French court Wednesday ordered the eviction of several dozen illegal immigrants from a makeshift camp in the Channel port city of Cherbourg, where they are awaiting passage to Britain.

The migrants, from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia, have been camping near the port since late July, trying to gain passage on a cross-Channel ferry.

Most are protected from deportation under international law, but their presence has become a source of tension with locals and truck drivers using the port of Cherbourg.

Riot police were sent in earlier this month to secure the area after several incidents in which migrants tried to hide inside trucks and tourist vehicles about to cross the English Channel.

The court order gives the mayor powers to ask for police back-up after 48 hours to carry out a forced eviction.

The French government estimates the number of illegal immigrants in France at 200,000 to 400,000, and has vowed to step up the pace of deportations to 25,000 per year.

AFP

Subject: French news

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