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Put those with deportation orders on the most wanted list

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has suggested that the deportation orders should also be put on the criminals’ wanted list to facilitate their deportation from the country.

Minister Darmanin said on Wednesday he wanted those subject to a deportation order to be placed on the wanted list under a new immigration law to make the enforcement of deportations more efficient. from France.

“We will now record all [deportation orders] in the file of the wanted persons, the RPF. It is not a question of reinstating the offense of illegal residence but of being able to note that the person leaves (…) and thus count all the departures of foreigners”, specifies Darmanin. Le Figaro reports.

Darmanin also responded to criticism from Marine Le Pen’s National Rally of the small number of deportations actually carried out, arguing that around 50% of deportation orders are currently on appeal.

France’s deportation rate has been incredibly low in recent years, with media noting that more than 90% of those granted deportation orders have not been expelled from French territory, correcting right-wing politicians who underestimated this number.

In the first half of 2021, only 6% of deportation orders were actually enforced and even before the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, the level remained at just 12% between 2018 and 2019.

The French public, meanwhile, overwhelmingly wants more efforts to deport illegals, with a poll showing that 6 in 10 favor placing all illegal immigrants in detention centers in order to deport them.

While France has room for almost 2,000 illegals in detention centers and plans to increase this number by 300, the number of illegals living in the country is estimated at between 600,000 and 700,000.

The subject of deportation orders has been the subject of discussion in France since the murder of a 12-year-old girl named Lola in Paris last month.

It was reported that the main suspect in the case, an Algerian named Dhabia B., had a deportation order and should have left the country weeks before the girl’s death but the order was never delivered. executed.

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