Interior Minister Gerard Collomb
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Sunday that he was „forced to sort“ among migrants, between political refugees and economic migrants, and that France could continue to welcome them „exponentially“.
„I do not give myself a number (on the number of foreigners to expel, Ed.) But I can not ensure that from year to year, we have an exponential increase. had 100,000 requests for asylum, it was + 7% compared to the previous year which itself was up + 23% over the previous year „, said Gerard Collomb during an interview on FranceInter / Francetvinfo / Le Monde.
„Since 2012, the asylum system has been multiplied by two (…) The emergency shelters have been multiplied by two. (…) We can not increase this infinitely“, a- he insisted, pointing out the costs of these devices, two billion euros each.
„We can not exponentially welcome everyone, as a number of people would like, they say + we do not need to sort, we should not choose between those who need asylum and economic migrants + If we are forced to do so because at some point we will not be able to give everyone a future, „he added.
„On the month of January this year, compared to January of last year, we have removed + 29% of people,“ said the Minister, while ensuring respect for the principle of unconditional acceptance.
„Unconditionality, it’s true, but unconditionality is in the moment, it’s not something that has to last for ten years, we have to take a number of steps to get out of the interim and give a future, „he explained, while a draft law on asylum and immigration should be discussed in March in committee.
Referring to a controversial circular providing for a census of migrants in emergency shelters, the minister stressed that, in addition to „refugees who deserve to leave these centers“ and „denied asylum (… ) that should have been far away „,“ there are also a lot of people who are in the + ni-ni + because we have not done the right thing in the past years and we have stored people who do not are neither accepted here nor can we move away. “
Presented February 21 in the Council of Ministers, the draft law on asylum and immigration provides for a doubling to 90 days of the maximum retention period (or 135 in some cases) for foreigners waiting for their deportation and a reduction in the deadlines. appeal for the unsuccessful asylum.