With thousands of Muslim squatters pretending to be asylum seekers sleeping in the streets of Paris, President Emmanuel Macron is supporting a new immigration law that will streamline the asylum process and make it easier for authorities to deport illegal Muslim invaders.
EuroNews New French legislation being drawn up is designed to control the flow of migrants, improve and speed up the system dealing with asylum seekers, help the integration of refugees but also step up expulsions of illegal migrants and those who fail to obtain refugee status.
The French president has visited the northern port of Calais – long a magnet for UK-bound migrants – to defend his government’s much-criticised immigration and asylum policy. The huge, infamous “Jungle” camp was closed in 2016, and only a few hundred migrants are now present in the area, compared to an estimated 7-8,000 who once lived there.
Macron – who visited one of three new reception centres for migrants said he would not allow another makeshift camp to mushroom in Calais. “There will be no return of the ‘Jungle’,” he said in a speech in the town. The mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, has said the local population is tired of a situation that remains fragile, with insecurity a daily problem.
The number of asylum seekers topped 100,000 last year in France for the first time. Figures released by the interior ministry on Tuesday showed the highest number came from Albania, followed by Afghanistan, Syria, Haiti and Sudan. The number of asylum seekers receiving final approval to stay in France was down slightly, to 35.8 percent.