The unending misery: The untold horror facing the asylum seekers in France

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The unending misery: The untold horror facing the asylum seekers in France

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa arrive in France each year, pursuing a decent life away from the constant violence that plagues their native countries.

Immigrants from Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa are bitterly languishing in limbo, enduring the most deplorable circumstances as they vainly await their grim future in temporary camps.
Despite the country’s reputation as the “cradle of democracy and fraternity,” France repeatedly abuses the human rights of refugees, according to Amnesty International’s annual report. According to Amnesty International, Paris fails to respect fundamental freedoms of expression and movement for asylum seekers.
Amnesty International has also vehemently slammed Emmanuel Macron’s administration for its draconian and inhumane immigration policies.
Among the daunting challenges encountered by asylum seekers in France is the difficulty of obtaining a meager income that allows them to survive on a day-to-day basis.
Besides, an utter lack of essential living services in France, notably housing and medical care, is also one of the most pressing issues for refugees.
The French government is legally required to provide housing for refugees, though the entire world is witnessing how, instead of providing shelter for destitute asylum seekers, authorities are erecting dreadful temporary camps to accommodate refugees, ruthlessly demolishing makeshift shelters built by helpless and starving migrants throughout French streets.
The Calais Forest became one of the notorious spots for the foreign refugee settlements that established self-made tents that have been entirely burned down.
The police had destroyed the tents, and those asylum seekers who remained in the tents were bundled and taken away violently.
During the police attack, asylum seekers have been assaulted violently and even targeted by tear gas. The displaced migrants later relocated to other areas of the port city of Calais. However, several asylum seekers subsequently sought to dwell again in the forest, but they were continually turned away by French authorities.
Ultimately, the camp was erased under the pretense of “damaging the city’s image.”
Meanwhile, according to a recent report, around 200 asylum seekers of various nationalities are being sheltered in a parking lot in Pantin, the northeastern banlieue [suburbs] of Paris, which has been converted into a refugee camp with the help of NGOs and kindhearted local citizens.
The French police patrols, on the other hand, came to the area every day, according to the eyewitnesses, to count the number of migrants who had set up tents, with no regard given to the refugees’ tragic and harrowing living conditions.
“There is a chronic lack of funds, which means that the [French] government will never have the resources to meet the demand for housing,” said Christophe Pouly, head of Sciences Po Law School’s legal clinic on migration.
Mr. Pouly added that it can be inferred from remarks made by government officials that this is not merely a budgetary problem; there is a tendency to spend less money on this [predicament].

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