Morocco Police to Patrol Paris Streets to Tackle Migrant Youth Gangs


Following an agreement between France and Morocco, several Moroccan police officers are scheduled to be sent to Paris to help deal with young delinquent migrants.

A total of four officers from the North African country are set to patrol the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood of Paris — where many migrants live on the streets — alongside their French counterparts to combat the growing problems with violence, drugs, and prostitution, BFMTV reports.

According to police, the number of crimes since 2017 in the neighbourhood has increased drastically due to the presence of the young Moroccans and police had made 813 arrests of migrants in Goutte d’Or in the past year.

The Moroccan police will not only be supporting French officers but also attempting to identify migrants for deportation back to Morocco.

Earlier this year, 1,600 residents of Goutte d’Or, and other heavily migrant populated areas, signed a letter demanding the government act to deal with the problems being caused by underage migrants.

A female resident had complained of harassment from the young Moroccans saying that her 15-year-old daughter had been targeted and assaulted by members of a migrant street gang.

Other women in the north of the city have made similar claims about being harassed by migrants with some saying they are not allowed to enter certain cafes because they are women.

“These are insults, incessant reflections. The atmosphere is agonising, to the point of having to modify our itinerary, our clothes. Some even gave up going out,” a local woman said.

While the city of Paris has attempted to set up centres to get the Moroccans off the streets, they found that few of them showed any interest in participating in any of the city’s programmes.

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