Pas-de-Calais: Opening of a third reception center for migrants

The commune of Nédonchel, in the Pas-de-Calais. – 20 minutes
The Nedonchel Visitor Center is scheduled to open this Thursday.
This is the third in the Hauts-de-France region.
Part of the village population is reluctant.

It’s this Thursday that will open a third reception center (CAES) for migrants in the Pas-de-Calais, despite the reluctance of the population. Located in Nédonchel, in a former EHPAD, it is supposed to offer migrants a rapid assessment of their situation.

About sixty people at term

“The first migrants must arrive on Thursday. They will board a bus in Calais that will take them to the CAES of Nedonchel, as is usually the case with the CAES of Croisilles and Troisvaux AFP Marc Del Grande, Secretary General of the Pas-de-Calais Prefecture, told AFP. In the long term, some 60 migrants should be welcomed there.

>> Read also: What really drives refugees to come to Calais? On average, “the population was not very favorable, but it will happen in Nédonchel what happened at the opening of the CAES de Troisvaux: there is always a surprise effect and worry and as soon as the migrants arrive and the situation gets organized, the relations between CAES and the population are normalized “, according to Marc Del Grande, specifying that this center will be managed by the Active Life association .

“Many fantasies” around migrants

Saturday morning, a rally was held in front of the town hall, bringing together some forty people, including supporters of the National Front, said Isabelle Niewada, councilor opposed to the project.

>> See also: The administrative court refuses the creation of a reception center in Calais “The center is located next to a school, we fear for safety. And we have no shops, no bus, what are they going to do with these people? We are afraid of becoming Calais, “she said.

“There are a lot of fantasies” around the arrival of migrants, “but the reality is clear, it is that in Troisvaux, as in Croisilles, it went well,” tempered Guillaume Alexandre, director of Active Life.

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