Paris plans refugee camp as migrant deaths spike

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo outlines plans fo an official camp to welcome migrants, on May 31, 2016 in ParisThe Paris mayor unveiled plans Tuesday for a refugee camp in the French capital as the migrant crisis took on an ever-more deadly turn with 2,500 drowned in the Mediterranean so far this year. With Europe’s worst migrant crisis since World War II peaking for a second consecutive year, the UN refugee agency said some 204,000 people had crossed the Mediterranean to the continent since January. “I emphasise that that figure is a conservative estimate,” UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told reporters, with a number of small children reportedly among the dead.

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