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Non, merci! Why refugees avoid France

The former Jean-Quarré hotel school, in the 19th arrondisement of Paris has been occupied by asylum seekers since late July.
Marie Magnin/IRIN

While Germany expects to receive up to one million asylum seekers by the end of 2015, France is preparing for only 65,000, the same number it received last year. Just a few years ago, France had among the highest number of claims in Europe, but its lack of accommodation and support for asylum seekers as well as long wait times for applications to be processed have make it a less attractive option for many refugees. 


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