France removes homeless people from Paris in anticipation of the summer Olympics in the city.

In the late summer morning, the time in Paris is 6.30. Rumbling from the Stalingrad Métro station in the city’s northeastern neighborhood lulls hundreds of migrants, most of whom are men, to sleep under an overpass. Some people sleep on cardboard and worn mattresses before a urine-soaked fence, while others lie awake by the side of the road. Government buses are supposedly in route to collect them.

Most are confused and scared they’ll have to leave Paris, yet some are waiting for offers to return home with bated breath. Over the past several months, the French government has been trying to hasten the transfer of homeless individuals from Paris to other parts of the country in an effort to reduce the burden on emergency shelter services in the city. Transporting fifty to fifty people to ten different locations around the nation every week is what the French government announces.

Despite the government’s denials, certain political figures and NGOs have begun to link the activation of this relocation plan to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. “We heard they were going to transfer us today but I am not sure where to,” Obsa, an Ethiopian political exile, told CNN. The age of Obsa is 31. He prefers to adopt a pseudonym due to his fear for his safety. Starting in Ethiopia, Obsa set sail for France in 2017 via the perilous routes of Sudan, Libya, and Italy.

There is still no permanent residence for him in Paris, even if he has a full-time job there. The lack of more affordable social housing choices and the sky-high cost of renting in the capital are the main causes of this problem. Upon bringing his wife to the motel that had been giving him emergency housing, the motel allegedly kicked him out. “Their only action was to say no. “It was their statement, ‘We can’t accommodate your wife.'” he stressed.