“Ocean Viking”: More migrants in the Giens waiting area


departure “The area will be formally closed in the next few days,” said a source familiar with the

“ Ocean Viking ”&nbsp ;: More migrants in the Giens waiting area

A member of the Red Cross (G) gives shoes to a man rescued by the “Ocean Viking”, on his arrival at the summer camp “Giens Cap Levant” in Hyères, in the south of France, on November 11, 2022. — AFP

All of the migrants who survived the “Ocean Viking” who had been welcomed in a waiting area located on the peninsula of Giens, at Hyères (Var) have now left the site, we learned Thursday from sources close to the file and associations confirming information from RTL.

“The area will be formally closed in the coming days. The two Bangladeshi nationals are in the waiting area at Marseille awaiting expulsion,” a source close to the case.

“The waiting area no longer exists since no one is locked up there,” Laure Palun, Director of Anafé (national association for border assistance for foreigners), which intervened there for several days.

The’ “Ocean Viking”, a chartered humanitarian vessel by SOS Méditerranée; to Toulon 13 days ago with &àgrave; on board 230 migrants who had been immediately locked in a “waiting area” created in a holiday center on the peninsula of Giens.

Much of it had been quickly released, either by judicial decision, or because they are unaccompanied minors, or because they have benefited from admission to the territory for asylum after interviews with the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra).

Pull the «  conclusions” of this episode

The management of migrants from the’ “Ocean Viking” has been the subject of a controversy fueled by right-wing and far-right oppositions who have accused the government of “fiasco”.

The government told him; want to draw the “ conclusions” of this episode by a new legislative turn of the screw with the next law on immigration. The law “is not necessarily suitable; to this situation,” the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin during the session of questions to the government in Paris. the National Assembly on Tuesday.

“We need to change the law and that’s exactly what we are going to do in the immigration law” proposed by the government, which is carrying out all-out consultations on this draft text which must be the subject of a parliamentary debate on December 6 and 13 before an official presentation at the beginning of January 2023.


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