On Tuesday, 1,800 people were evicted by French police from the Grande-Synthe refugee camp, located in the North of France.
The camp’s inhabitants are at risk of being caught in human trafficking activities being operated in the area, according to French authorities. The migrants, the majority of whom are reportedly Iraqi Kurds, are believed to be en-route to Britain via the English Channel.
The police have conducted several actions this year, which the AP reports as “clean-out(s),” and what the French police calls a “humanitarian” operation, of the camp and a gymnasium facility, both located in the area of Dunkirk.
The camp was established in 2016. In 2017, there was a fire in the Grande-Synthe camp which effected the removal of its occupants. The fire was attributed to skirmishes between Kurds and Afghans who traveled to Europe after fleeing poverty and war in their respective home countries, which was generated in large part due to western occupation.