there are less than ten migrants left in the Giens waiting area

This is where the 234 migrants landed in Toulon on November 11 had been transferred, after Italy’s refusal to welcome the ship carrying them.

The stay was brief. According to a source familiar with the matter at the Ministry of the Interior, there are less than ten migrants fromOcean Viking on the peninsula of Giens. A holiday center there had been transformed into a “waiting area” to accommodate the 234 migrants rescued by the ship of the NGO SOS Méditerranée.

Of these 234 migrants, 44 had been recognized as minors and transferred to the Hôtel des Trois Muliers, east of Toulon, where they were cared for by child welfare. 26 of them fled. The approximately 190 adult migrants were interviewed by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra), responsible for deciding on the merits of their asylum request at the border.

66 people received a “avis favorableand were allowed to leave the Giens peninsula. The other 123 received a “unfavorable opinion», normally synonymous with an eviction procedure. But on Friday, the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal rejected the stay in the waiting area for the “almost all, if not allof 108 of them for failure to meet deadlines. They were therefore also allowed to leave the waiting area.

There are now less than ten migrants left in this waiting area. According to the same source at the Ministry of the Interior,some will be expelled“. Last Tuesday, while the Ofpra hearings were underway, Gérald Darmanin told the Assembly that the 44 migrants who had already received a “unfavorable opinionwould be expelled. A promise rendered null and void by the decision of the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal, since these 44 are among the 108 migrants left free to leave the waiting area, who will finally be able to make a classic asylum application.