On Monday, January 21, a young Somali asylum seeker, aged 28 was found dead inside his tent in a clandestine migrant camp in the north-east of the French capital Paris. The circumstances of his death are still unknown.
An enquiry into the causes of death is being conducted by the police in Paris’ 18th arrondissement (sector). Reports suggest that the young man was a single Somali asylum seeker. The 28-year-old filed his first asylum claim earlier this month, on January 2 in Paris.
Julie Lavayssière, a local spokesperson for the pro-migrant association Utopia 56, which works to help migrants in the area, confirmed that the young man had been living in Paris “for a few months.” She said her teams were often at the camp to offer assistance and that the teams “knew him well.”
When they discovered what had happened, neighboring migrants sleeping in tents nearby called a team from the non-governmental organization Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde –MDM) for medical assistance. The MDM team attempted to resuscitate the man in vain, explained Julie Lavayssière. One of the leaders from the MDM team confirmed the man’s death.
According to the administration (La Préfecture) for the Ile-de-France region, the slum-like migrant camp at Porte D’Aubervilliers, in north-east Paris is destined to be cleared at the end of the month; just like the camp at Porte de la Chapelle was cleared a little over two months ago. According to associations working in the camp, between 1,000 and 2,000 people are currently resident in the camp.
With source material from AFP. This article by rfi was translated from the French by Emma Wallis and was published first on Tuesday, January 21.