Gérard Collomb is the interior minister in the current socialist French government under President Macron. The following commentary concerns a recent policy change on immigration announced by Mr. Collomb, which purported to toughen the rules on deportations etc., but actually expands family reunifications.
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|We were told that there would be a hardening of access and deportation conditions would be
|multiplied. We will be instead getting increased family reunification [chain migration],
|and even more immigration: a return to smoke and mirrors in great pomp.
|Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s a new opening of the valves:
|this is how you can summarize the Law on Asylum and Immigration prepared by
|Gérard Collomb. It was announced as tough or even authoritarian. The Interior Minister’s text
|is in the end as permissive as the previous ones. The best example is
|the part concerning family reunification.
|It’s a law that is balanced, which especially parallels the European law.
|Which is totally necessary, so that countries
|like Germany, like France, Italy
|the Netherlands or Sweden,
|would have the same type of procedures. Because otherwise, if you
|don’t have the same type of procedure, of course you look to where the procedure
|is the easiest to be able to obtain asylum.
|And therefore at that point everybody turns towards your country.
|Reflect European law in order to not be more attractive than your neighbors.
|The will of Gérard Collomb [Interior Minister, Socialist] during the announcement of the project
|on the immigration law, already didn’t inspire a lot of hope, the details concerning
|the future text, annihilating what was left of it. Always trying to
|have his cake and eat it, the executive [politician] keeps his promises while permitting the creation
|of a text without the interest of limiting the migratory wave. Worse: the
|revision of family reunification allows for a vision of an upsurge arriving
|in our territory. In fact, the minors who are beneficiaries of asylum will be able —
|in addition to facilitating their parents’ joining them — to help the arrival of their brothers
|and sisters. We therefore have to expect a massive arrival of young illegal
|asylum seekers. They will this way serve as gate-openers for the rest of their families.
|It’s precisely what the right is afraid of, who see in it a new opening
|of valves of immigration. And all seems to indicate that they are right.
|In fact, fourteen thousand unaccompanied minors arrived in France in 2017.
|There are allegedly twenty-five thousand today who are beneficiaries of welfare for children,
|financed by the departmental councils, sometimes to the detriment
|of French minors in need. The same pattern as for the homeless.
|And a part of the direct cost represented by help for those minors is
|the total cost of the enlarged family reunification which is pointed out, especially
|in that “minor” is a word used more often than necessary, because the goal is very obvious.
|Many illegals owners of false papers declare themselves
|now to be “ minors” for the simple reason that being a “minor” makes you un-deportable,
|and gives you right to residency. As a result the “minors” are more and more numerous,
|or to be precise, those who allege they are minors. In certain departments
|only 25% of illegals declaring being younger than 18
|prove to be minors after analysis. In fact, everybody is trying their luck, and the information
|has rapidly reached the countries of origin. The increase in family reunifications
|should logically incite those newcomers to present themselves as minors,
|and allow their parents to join them, but also their siblings,
|who are often much more numerous than in Western countries.