Migrants flood Paris after destruction of massive 'jungle' camp

Oct. 28, 2016: Migrants stand in a makeshift camp in Paris, France.

Oct. 28, 2016: Migrants stand in a makeshift camp in Paris, France.  (AP)

The destruction of a sprawling shanty town near the English Channel has caused the number of migrants in Paris to skyrocket this week, French officials say.

"We have seen a big increase since the start of the week,” Colombe Brossel, Paris deputy mayor in charge of security issues, told Reuters while describing a section of northeastern Paris. “Last night our teams counted 40 to 50 new tents there in two days."

The new estimates mean there are now 2,000 to 2,500 people sleeping in the area, up from around 1,500 a few days earlier, Brossel added.

"Some of them come from Calais, others from other places,” she said.

The migrant camp known as “the jungle” in Calais, a French town along the English Channel, was evacuated and destroyed earlier this week with its more than 6,000 residents relocated to shelters across France.

Those camped between two metro stations in Paris Friday morning had scattered as police patrolled the streets. Migrants and officials told Reuters that after police checked their ID papers and asylum requests they were allowed to set up camp again in the area.

"These people must be sheltered," Brossel said. The French capital plans to open two migrant centers, but they will only have a capacity of under 1,000 beds.

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