A refugee and migrant shelter with beds for 400 single men opened Thursday in northern Paris, part of an ongoing drive to take asylum-seekers off French streets after the demolition of the Calais "Jungle".
“Only a few migrants came here this morning”, said FRANCE 24’s Charlotte Boitiaux, who was at the scene on Thursday morning and saw five men entering the new shelter.
“Most migrants in Paris have already been evacuated from the Stalingrad camp to other shelters outside the city. A local official told me that new arrivals were expected as soon as word spreads about this new shelter”, Boitiaux added.
The centre, in a disused railway yard near Gare du Nord station, will take in 50-80 people a day -- the estimated number of migrants that arrive in Paris daily, most of whom end up sleeping rough.