“Transit Camps” for European Asylum Seekers

October 19, 2004

European countries are debating whether to place asylum seekers in transit camps in North Africa. The Washington Post is reporting that France and Spain oppose the proposal:

“For France, it’s out of the question to accept transit camps or shelters of any kind,” Dominique de Villepin, the French interior minister, said at a closing news conference. Spain’s interior minister, Jose Antonio Alonso, said such camps would not provide humanitarian guarantees.

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