Macron announces bill for early 2023 in the face of “absurd policy”


Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday that a bill on asylum would be tabled “from the beginning of 2023” in the face of an “absurd policy” which is both “ineffective and inhuman”. “A bill relating to asylum, therefore to immigration to the Republic, will be tabled from the beginning of 2023”, declared the Head of State before the prefects. “Our policy today is absurd” because it “consists of putting women and men who arrive, who are in the greatest misery” in the poorest neighborhoods, he underlined.

This policy “is both inefficient and inhumane, inefficient because we find ourselves with more foreigners in an irregular situation than many of our neighbours, inhumane because this pressure means that they are too often badly received”, a- he noted. “We must reform our procedures to be able to go much faster and that is essential. We must preserve the fundamental rights of all people but we must be able to go much faster, above all, to fight against all delaying practices”, said he said.

Better distribution of foreigners welcomed

It is necessary to “differentiate the procedures”, “accelerate their instruction” and “integrate much faster and much better those who even have a provisional title by language and by work”, noted the Head of State. He pleaded for a better distribution of foreigners welcomed on the territory, especially in “rural areas, which are losing population”.

Emmanuel Macron also promised to “improve the effectiveness of deportation policies” at the border for foreigners in an irregular situation. He said he wanted to send “a clear message: we are in the process, we have begun to strengthen our policies very strongly by making the granting of visas more conditional on the spirit of cooperation to take back foreigners in an irregular situation, starting by those who disturb public order”. A reference to the countries which refuse to grant consular passes necessary for the return of their nationals expelled from France.

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