France continued its controversial crackdown on makeshift Roma camps on Tuesday when police raided a site in the Lyon area. It came a day after 70 Roma were ejected from a camp outside Paris causing anger among human rights groups across Europe.
“The situation will only get worse with these expulsions,” Amnesty International’s Patrick Delouvin told FRANCE 24. “Our research has shown that in recent years these people will often just move from one camp to another. Some people have been expelled numerous times from camps” said Delouvin, who is the director of Amnesty’s operations in France.
“Without any proper alternatives for these people there will be no solution. Every time there is an expulsion all the good work NGOs have done with them is lost.”
The Roma families living near Bastille in Paris
Marienara Dragonie lives on the pavement at Place de la Bastille in central Paris with her sons Adrian and Attila. (Photo: Charlotte Boitiaux)
Friends and family. Above them on the railings the laundry hangs out to dry. (Photo: Charlotte Boitiaux)
Friends of Marienara live with her family. (Photo: Charlotte Boitiaux)
Sebastian Ungureanu and his wife Eugenia. (Photo: Charlotte Boitiaux)
One Roma family has set up home in a telephone booth on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir in central Paris. (Photo: Charlotte Boitiaux)
Two Roma children who live with their father and grandmother in the telephone box. (Photo: Charlotte Boitiaux)
Date created : 2012-08-27