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The government wants to register immigrants threatened with expulsion in the “file of wanted persons” – France



The government wants to register all immigrants targeted by an “obligation to leave French territory” in the “file of wanted persons”, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Wednesday, detailing in an interview with Le Monde the main measures of the future immigration law.

This new bill, scheduled for the first half of 2022, should introduce a series of measures to make the “obligations to leave French territory” (OQTF) more effective, a subject that has occupied public debate since the murder of a young girl 12-year-old Lola, killed in mid-October by an Algerian national under the influence of an OQTF. “We are now going to register all OQTFs in the file of wanted persons, the RPF. It is not a question of restoring the offense of illegal residence but of being able to note that the person leaves (…) and thus to count all the departures of foreigners”, explained to the daily newspaper the Minister of the Interior, whose government is criticized, especially on the far right, for the low rate of implementation of these measures.

“We have to be mean to the mean people”

“First, there are almost 50% of OQTFs that are the subject of appeals that suspend them,” defended the minister, reaffirming his desire to “greatly simplify the procedures” by going “from twelve to four categories of appeal” possible. The Minister of the Interior also wants to put an end to the “public order reservations” which “prevent the removal of people who arrived before the age of 13” in France. “If I had to summarize, I would say that we must now be mean to the mean and nice to the good”, he continued.

Within the framework of the bill, which must be preceded by a parliamentary debate, the government will seek this “balance” by facilitating the professional integration of immigrant workers, indicated the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt, in the same interview. “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,” he said.

Olivier Dussopt, for example, wants to put an end – subject to conditions – to the waiting period which prevents asylum seekers from working during their first six months in France. The Minister of Labor also pleads for the creation of a “job in tension” residence permit, to recruit in sectors which are struggling to find labour. “Professional organizations tell us that they need to facilitate the recruitment of foreigners. We are offering them solutions with this bill,” he added.



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