A university in northeastern France has suspended all classes due to security reasons after a group of around 40 migrants established a camp on the campus premises only days after classes began, The Daily Caller reports.
The move will impact at least 8,000 students at the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne (URCA). Classes would remain canceled until “conditions of security have been re-established,” according to URCA President Guillaume Gellé.
The 40 migrants, which included families, stormed to the campus after they were kicked out of the nearby Saint John Perse park where they had erected a makeshift migrant camp.
University officials have advised students and staff to refrain from visiting the campus, resulting to no academic activity on Monday.
In Paris alone, French authorities have already carried out over 34 mass evacuations since the refugee crisis started in 2015.
“These illegal camps present a security and public health risk for both the occupants and local residents,” according to a statement by Paris police prefect’s office in May.