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The Camp de Rivesaltes near Perpinyà, in the French Department of Pyrénées Orientales, was created in the 1930s. This camp hosted the Spanish republican exiles (1939); the "indésirables" of the Vichy regime; Jews and Gypsies during the Second World War; the German prisoners at the end of the war; the Algerians loyal to France called "harkis" and the pro-French Guinean soldiers, in the 60s. After 20 years of inactivity (1966-88), the Camp de Rivesaltes worked again from 1988 to 2007 as an internment centre for illegal immigrants.

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