IMMIGRATION DONE WRONG – How can this possibly work for anyone concerned?
A suburb of Paris has 300,000 illegal immigrants crammed into it, according to a parliamentary report.
Politicians have warned Seine-Saint-Denis, north east of Paris, could be turned into a “huge ethnic ghetto” within two decades due to the surging numbers.
The report said the suburb – just six miles from the Eiffel Tower – is putting a huge strain on public services and creating social tensions.
There are an estimated 135 different nationalities in Saint-Denis, most extremely poor, including an estimated 600,000 Muslims from North African or sub-Saharan African backgrounds, the Daily Mail reported.
The official legal population in Saint-Denis is estimated at 1.5 million.
But the numbers continue to rise, as an estimated 80 migrants arrive in Paris every 24 hours — 550 a week.
After the break-up of the refugee camp in Calais, thousands of migrants moved to suburbs in the capital where charities say hundreds of children are sleeping rough.
Seine-Saint-Denis is popular with immigrants because of its location and efficient transport links, including the railway lines heading towards the North coast, and Britain. It’s also only a few hours from the Channel ports of Calais and Dunkirk.
So it’s like a reverse evacuation of Dunkirk? There is immigration done right (numbers, categories, integration, etc.) and then there is this.
Mind you, Seine-Saint-Denis is not a suburb, either in the nomenclature sense (it’s one of France’s “departments” or administrative regions) or colloquially (it’s a collection of suburbs). That aside, it’s only one of several parts of the “greater Paris”, which merely points to what must be even bigger extent of the problem.
(Looking from the Eiffel Tower to the eastern part of Seine-Saint-Denis; photo by yours truly, 2016)