Migrant shelter to be expanded
France will create 11,000 more places in centers for asylum seekers and housing for refugees as part of a plan to deal with the flow of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the interior minister said.
Bernard Cazeneuve said the goal is “to provide longterm solutions.”
About 100,000 migrants have entered Europe via Italy and Greece this year and riot police have forcibly removed dozens from the French-Italian border.
Cazeneuve said France will open 4,000 more places in centers for asylum seekers by next year and 5,500 places for refugees granted legal status in France.
European Union nations failed Tuesday to reach an agreement over an emergency plan to share the burden of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, many of them coming from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea.