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France to Open Refugee Camp for 2,500 People in Four Weeks

© AP Photo / Thibault CamusMigrants from Syria wait in the migrant camp of Grande Synthe (File)
Migrants from Syria wait in the migrant camp of Grande Synthe (File) - Sputnik International
French authorities opened new 2,500-person refugee camp in the northern commune of Grande-Synthe, according to local media.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A new 2,500-person refugee camp will be opened in four weeks in the northern French commune of Grande-Synthe, near the Dunkirk ferry port, linking the country with the British coast, local media reported on Monday.

The mayor of Grande-Synthe, Damien Careme, and the medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) announced on Monday that the new semi-permanent refugee camp will have showers, improved sanitation and special rooms for medical consultations, the French newspaper Le Monde reported.

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The newspaper added that earlier in the day another camp was opened in Calais, some 18 miles to the west of Grande-Synthe. The camp is expected to provide 1,500 people with accommodation, according to the newspaper.

Europe is struggling to cope with a massive influx of refugees from conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa. According to the United Nations, over a million migrants crossed into Europe via the Mediterranean and the Aegean in 2015.

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