France plans asylum system revamp, Sweden evicts illegals
14 July, 2017
France will move to systematically deport failed asylum seekers while improving conditions for refugees and those awaiting a decision on asylum applications, PM Edouard Philippe said last Wednesday. Announcing a suite of measures to cope with migration flows, Philippe said that France was failing to treat refugees with due dignity and at the same time was not effective enough at removing those without the right to stay on the national territory.
In the coming monts, failed asylum seekers would be “systematically subject to removal procedures as soon as their request is rejected,” with the aid of an automatic notification system, Philippe said. The country is facing “a heightened migratory pressure which will continue, considering the causes that explain it: poverty, climate misery, political instability in Africa and certain north African countries, and mafia-like networks exploiting misery,” he warned.
But the government would also move to improve conditions for both asylum seekers and accepted refugees, creating 7,500 new accommodation places for the former by the end of 2019. Some 5,000 temporary accommodation places would be created to help more vulnerable refugees whose claims had been accepted to fully integrate into French society. The government would also move to double the length of French language courses available to them.
Meanwhile Sweden has intensified its crackdown on illegal immigrants after Uzbek construction worker Rakhmat Akilov, a failed asylum seeker, killed five people in Stockholm in April by driving a truck into shoppers. In the next months, police have staged wider sweeps on workplaces to check papers, netting undocumented workers, sending a warning to employers and sparking heated debate in a nation that has been traditionally tolerant to migrants.