This future law on asylum and immigration, scheduled for the first half of 2023, provides, among other things, for easing the rules for the allocation of residence permits for undocumented people who are employed in sectors in tension. .
The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, presented some elements, this Wednesday, to the daily Le Monde. “If I had to summarize, I would say that we must now be mean to the mean and nice to the good. We are also going to propose the automatic renewal of multi-year titles for those who pose no problem, who have no criminal record, ”he continued, estimating the number of people concerned at several hundred thousand.
“There is progress to be made”
In the context of the bill, the government emphasizes professional integration. “And there is progress to be made since, in the first half of the year, when the unemployment rate was at 7.5%, that of immigrant workers was at 13%. Work must once again become a factor of integration and emancipation”, declared the Minister of Labor, Olivier Dussopt, in the same interview. The latter wants, for example, to put an end – under conditions – to the waiting period which prevents asylum seekers from working during their first six months in France.
“This year, for lack of sufficient manpower, fruits were not harvested”.
He also pleaded for a “job in tension” residence permit, to recruit in sectors with a labor shortage.
“Considerable and necessary”
Several representatives of the sectors affected by the labor shortage expressed their support, on Franceinfo, for the creation of this “job in tension” residence permit. “Among the seasonal workers [agricoles], 30% are foreigners, it is considerable and necessary”, declared Christiane Lambert, the president of the FNSEA, the first agricultural union. The latter figure to “70,000” the number of unfilled positions in agriculture. “This year, for lack of sufficient manpower, fruits were not harvested,” she laments.
According to François Asselin, president of the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (CPME), some companies “simply cannot work” without immigrant employees. He also supports the creation of this residence permit. “Some of them have worked for the company for years. (…) On their contract, the employer pays employers’ contributions, they themselves pay employee contributions” without benefiting from the associated social protection, he recalls. “This would stabilize the situation of these employees who give complete satisfaction,” said the trade unionist. The new president of the Union of Hotel Trades and Industries (Umih), Thierry Marx, also declared himself in favor, “on the form”, of this government proposal.
“Perhaps not enough residence permits”
The government wants to allow a worker in an irregular situation to request his own regularization, “without going through the employer”, who can “find an interest” in keeping him in hiding, according to Olivier Dussopt. In this regard, Gérald Darmanin agreed, “we may not be giving enough residence permits”.
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