Hérault: ten people escape from a detention center, only one found

Hérault: ten people escape from a detention center, only one found
Hérault: ten people escape from a detention center, only one found

Ten people escaped from the Sète administrative detention center during the night from Friday to Saturday.

Only one of these illegal aliens has since been found.

A meeting is to be held this week to better secure the premises.

They made a show of going through the attic and then jumped onto the roof of the court office to gain access to the street. Ten illegal foreigners held at the Administrative Detention Center (CRA) in the port city of Sète (Hérault) escaped during the night from Friday to Saturday, but one of them was found a few hours later, announced the department prefecture.

Following this event, a meeting will take place this week with the “interdepartmental police direction” in order to “study ways and means to better secure this detention space” the Prefecture told AFP.

Insufficient police officers

Securing the Sète CRA is “essential, since it is one of the priorities for combating irregular immigration” which “requires effective deportations” at the border, insisted the prefecture.

“There are only five police officers to watch them at night, and the center is not that small, since there are floors, so you can’t be everywhere at once”lamented Ghislain Marty, delegate of the Alliance police union in Hérault, assuring that, despite the presence of cameras, “nothing beats human presence”.

In April, ten illegal foreigners escaped from the Oissel CRA in Seine-Maritime. A year ago, in April 2023, an escape had already taken place at the CRA in Sète, with the flight of eight people.

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46,955 people locked up in CRAs in 2023

The number of migrants locked up in CRAs increased in 2023, as did the average duration (28.5 days) spent in these establishments plagued by increased violence, migrant defense associations, including La Cimade and France land of asylum.

According to this annual report, 46,955 people were locked up in CRAs in 2023, compared to 43,565 in 2022.

AS with AFP



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