French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, is set to unveil an “ambitious” asylum and immigration bill, designed to clamp down on “migratory flows” into France.
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Some of the key provisions of the bill, which have been released early to French newspaper Le Monde, aim to “conduct an effective and credible policy to combat irregular immigration” and “better control migratory flows.”
French lawmakers want to reduce the amount of time asylum cases take to process down from 120 days to just 90 from the first date of arrival in the country.
They also want to reduce the appeal period down from one month to 15 days.
If rejected, asylum seekers will now be able to be deported as soon as the decision is read out, as opposed to waiting for a notification of the decision in which many migrants abscond.
Philippe wants to restore house arrests for migrants who are given a period of time in which they can voluntarily leave the country and extend the detention time from 45 days to 90, allowing authorities more time to process their deportation orders.
A new law will allow migrants with refugee status in France who are convicted of ‘serious acts’, including terrorism, to have their refugee status revoked by immigration officials.
The bill will also force asylum seekers to live wherever they are allocated if they are to receive any benefits or hospitality from the state – likely designed to end the scandal of migrants refusing shelter because they want to live close to ports they can use to break into Britain.
A new poll from French pollster Ifop claims that 64% of voters say that the rate of immigration into France is “too high”.
It would appear that Macron is finally beginning to understand the French concerns with mass migration and despite opposition from many of his MPs, the penny may just be starting to drop.