The French have an immigration problem.
France has the largest percentage of Muslims of any country in Europe, the immigrant banlieues around their major cities are subject to massive civil unrest on a nightly basis, and President Nicolas Sarkozy is one of the most obsequious dhimmis on the continent. But in recent months French immigration policy has morphed into the toughest in Europe.
France is having none of the open-ended family reunification policies that are so popular in the rest of Europe. The French crackdown may be a violation of EU rules, but, hey — they’re French, so they don’t need to worry about such trivialities.
According to ANSAmed:
Immigration: France; Language Obligation for Reunitings
PARIS, OCTOBER 30 — Candidates for reuniting with their families in France will have to already have learned French to obtain a visa. This is what a decree which will be published in the Official Gazette prescribes. Every request for a reuniting with family will be accompanied by an exam which will be cultural and linguistic, which will provide “simple questions”, writes Le Figaro on its online site.
One of the questions is, for example: “In France can a woman work without authorisation from her husband?”. This new device will be enacted starting in early December.
France: Over 23,000 Deportations in 2008
PARIS, OCTOBER 30 — In the first nine months of the year, the number of illegal immigrants deported from France exceeded the overall figure for 2007 (23,000), as Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux announced in submitting the budget drawn up by his ministry at the national assembly.
Last year the target 26,000 deportations was not achieved, only sending away 23,000, but this year policies are encouraging professional immigration and limiting permits for family reasons, with the intention of struggling against illegal immigration in a firm manner.
A decree to be released on Saturday calls for candidate wanting to be granted permits for family reasons to undergo a test of cultural knowledge in their country of origin as well as a requirement for a solid knowledge of the French language to be able to be granted a visa.
If countries with a far lower percentage of immigrants — Ireland, Norway, or Finland, for example — were to apply similar draconian policies, the Muslim issue could be resolved in less than a generation.
But don’t hold your breath. The rest of the continent is trending in the opposite direction — holding the doors wide open and welcoming in ever-larger numbers of newcomers.
Hat tip: Insubria.