November 27, 2021

Macron’s policy on immigration questioned by an LREM MP

MIGRANTS – “Migration is not a transitory phenomenon, called to dry up if a government finally manages to deal with it ‘firmly’”, we can read in the introduction of an explosive parliamentary report published on Tuesday 16 November and to which The HuffPost had access.

Rare words, in a period when immigration took a prominent place in the presidential pre-campaign, often in a caricatured or excessive way. Especially, when they emanate from two deputies not frankly hostile to the President of the Republic, but who come to undermine his main measures taken in the fight against immigration.

Sonia Krimi is LREM deputy for La Manche, rapporteur for this survey. Sébastien Nadot, deputy for Haute-Garonne Libertés et Territoires (a group that was part of the majority before 2020) chaired the “migration inquiry committee” which is at the origin of it. Both present the conclusions of these six months of legislative work.

“To pose a rational debate”

The words used, first of all, imply that the debate as proposed by the majority is badly put. The report “aims to present the reality of international migration with the aim of raising a rational debate and finding pragmatic and humane solutions”, writes Sonia Krimi, highlighting several other pitfalls in the government’s migration policy.

“Immigration having become a subject of electoral campaign par excellence,
its stakes are hardly ever posed with a desire to deal with them rationally, underlines the report. As for the migrant himself, he has little place in the political world. This is understood at best only as an element of the flow and therefore as a quantitative data or at worst as a nuisance. ”

Recommendation n ° 30 returns to the thorny issue of university tuition fees multiplied by sixteen for non-European students by the government of Édouard Philippe in 2018. A measure deemed unfair by the rapporteur who asked to “remove the implementation of differentiated registration fees for non-European students ”. She recalls that France welcomes 90,000 foreign students in France each year, against 250,000 in the United Kingdom.

“While many students come from countries facing political, economic or social difficulties, it would be really unfortunate if deserving young people with high potential for success were closed to French higher education and research. for economic reasons. It would also be regrettable to give France the image of a country which is closing in on itself ”, develops the report, repeating the words of the Conference of University Presidents, who opposed it at the time.

Another decision – more recent – of the government called into question: that of limiting the visas granted to Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia in order to put pressure on these countries to repatriate their deported nationals from France. Decision taken on September 28th.

If the report understands the stakes of this idea: “to create a constructive balance of power in the face of the refusal of these countries to issue consular permits, necessary for the renewal of nationals of these countries who are deportable” -, it considers above all that ‘ it “penalizes the populations”.

To put an end to it, the report proposes an alternative: restricting the movement of leaders through the issuance of diplomatic visas, an approach which “preserves populations, students, civil society, business leaders, while increasing the level of diplomatic pressure. And to conclude: “It is not necessary to penalize the forces of the countries in question but rather to act effectively without effect of announcement”.

European Asylum Agency

Another issue raised by the report, that of the Dublin regulation, “a system which sharpens national egoism” which applies to all European states. Unanimously criticized for its ineffectiveness, it “remains, for lack of agreement on an alternative satisfactory for all the States.”

“The Dublin Regulation generates non-cooperative behavior on the part of all the States of the Union, each trying to minimize the number of applicants at home”, we can read.

While proposals have been on the EU’s table since 2016, the report considers that “the best way to move forward towards better recognition of decisions and harmonization of criteria is the creation of a European asylum agency.” “The French presidency of the European Union from January 1, 2022 should strongly support this proposal,” he recommends.

As a reminder, France issued 277,406 first residence permits in 2019, all grounds for admission met. This number fell to 220,535 in 2020 and would stand at 219,302 in 2021 out of a total population of 67.4 million, which represents 0.3% of the population.

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