All the migrant survivors of the Ocean Viking who had been welcomed in a waiting area located on the Giens peninsula, in Hyères (Var), have now left the site, AFP learned Thursday, November 24 from sources. consistent confirming information from RTL. “The area will be formally closed in the coming days. The two Bangladeshi nationals are in the waiting area in Marseille awaiting their deportation“said a source familiar with the matter.
«The waiting area no longer exists as soon as no one is confined there“Said Laure Palun, director of Anafé (National Association for Border Assistance for Foreigners), who intervened there for several days. The Var prefecture confirmed to AFP that there was “more migrants in the waiting area».
The Ocean Viking, a humanitarian ship chartered by SOS Méditerranée, docked in Toulon 13 days ago with 230 migrants on board who were immediately locked in a “waiting areainternational campaign created in a holiday center on the Giens peninsula.
A large number of them had been quickly released, either by court order, or because they were unaccompanied minors, or because they had been admitted to the territory for asylum after interviews with the Office French Protection for Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra). The management of the Ocean Viking migrants has been the subject of a controversy fueled by right-wing and far-right opposition groups who have accused the government of “fiasco».
The government told him that it wanted to draw the “conclusions» of this episode by a new legislative turn of the screw with the next law on immigration. The right “is not necessarily suitable for this situation“, said Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin during the session of questions to the government at the National Assembly on Tuesday. “We must change the law and this is precisely what we are going to do in the immigration law» proposed by the government, which is conducting all-out consultations on this draft text to be the subject of a parliamentary debate on December 6 and 13 before an official presentation in early January 2023.