Record number of foreigners expelled from France in 2011
France’s Interior Minister Claude Guéant has just released immigration figures for 2011, making them available much earlier than usual, in the hope that they will boost President Nicolas Sarkozy’s chances of winning re election this spring.
The figures reveal that a record 32,912 foreigners were expelled from France last year.
Guéant pointed to the “effectiveness” of a recent law which cut the amount of funding made available to foreigners to pay for legal expertise, while awaiting examination of their demands to stay in France.
But the expulsions also include a significant number of Romanians who, as European citizens can return to France soon after expulsion, sometimes only to be expelled (and counted in statistics) once again.
2011 also saw a 3.6 per cent drop in residence permits issued and a 26 per cent reduction in the number of salaried foreigners such as those working for big companies, settling in France.
14 per cent fewer people immigrated to France to be with their families, than in 2010.
Despite the 14 per cent drop, this is still by far the largest category of immigrants, with 45 per cent of the total and the 6 laws passed in the last 10 years have had little effect on that number.
There has been a 30 per cent drop in the number of naturalisations compared with 2010 – a record fall. (via RFI)
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