Friday, October 31, 2008

France Gets it Right

The French have an immigration problem.

France has the largest percentage of Muslims of any country in Europe, the immigrant banlieues around their major cities are subject to massive civil unrest on a nightly basis, and President Nicolas Sarkozy is one of the most obsequious dhimmis on the continent. But in recent months French immigration policy has morphed into the toughest in Europe.

France is having none of the open-ended family reunification policies that are so popular in the rest of Europe. The French crackdown may be a violation of EU rules, but, hey — they’re French, so they don’t need to worry about such trivialities.

According to ANSAmed:

Immigration: France; Language Obligation for Reunitings

PARIS, OCTOBER 30 — Candidates for reuniting with their families in France will have to already have learned French to obtain a visa. This is what a decree which will be published in the Official Gazette prescribes. Every request for a reuniting with family will be accompanied by an exam which will be cultural and linguistic, which will provide “simple questions”, writes Le Figaro on its online site.

One of the questions is, for example: “In France can a woman work without authorisation from her husband?”. This new device will be enacted starting in early December.

Not only that, France is deporting people in record numbers. Once again, according to ANSAmed:
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France: Over 23,000 Deportations in 2008

PARIS, OCTOBER 30 — In the first nine months of the year, the number of illegal immigrants deported from France exceeded the overall figure for 2007 (23,000), as Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux announced in submitting the budget drawn up by his ministry at the national assembly.

Last year the target 26,000 deportations was not achieved, only sending away 23,000, but this year policies are encouraging professional immigration and limiting permits for family reasons, with the intention of struggling against illegal immigration in a firm manner.

A decree to be released on Saturday calls for candidate wanting to be granted permits for family reasons to undergo a test of cultural knowledge in their country of origin as well as a requirement for a solid knowledge of the French language to be able to be granted a visa.

If countries with a far lower percentage of immigrants — Ireland, Norway, or Finland, for example — were to apply similar draconian policies, the Muslim issue could be resolved in less than a generation.

But don’t hold your breath. The rest of the continent is trending in the opposite direction — holding the doors wide open and welcoming in ever-larger numbers of newcomers.

Hat tip: Insubria.


Phaeton said...

Too little too late. They need to dig deeper in order to fix this problem.

The hordes they're allowing to live in "the zones" will continue to breed and continue to (hilariously) abuse French citizenship.

Anonymous said...

Did not the Dutch have the same law, and the EU Court threw it out?

Armance said...

It's a good step forward, but not an exceptional one. More than 100 million Africans from the former French colonies speak French as the first or the second language. Among the first countries regarding the number of French speakers: Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. So, I guess immigrants will continue to flow from Muslim countries, if the language is the main request.
But the situation will be different if the immigrants are asked to know Dutch or Swedish.

Gregory said...

Its a feeble step, but a good one. I wish all countries would adopt this practice. And France has to shorten up the amount of time immigrants get to receive welfare money. Like, to 6 months total. and No Welfare for multiple wives!!!

Anonymous said...

This is misplaced optimism. As Armance argued, a good number of would-be immigrants from Africa already speak French.

The actual level of their knowledge of the language is anybody's guess, but since that level is sinking fast among French teachers themselves, nobody will notice the difference.

Also note that French lessons will be provided to would-be immigrants abroad at French taxpayers' expense.

The number of deportations (26 000 per year being the target) is ridiculously low when you consider a) that there may be as many as 400 000 to 500 000 illegals in the country (I haven't checked whatever estimates are available lately, but that's the sort of figures we are looking at), b) that there is a constant inflow of fresh illegals, c) that a high proportion of these 26 000 deportations, maybe even the majority, are occuring in the overseas territories such as Mayotte and Guyana, where they are easier to execute, far from the sight of "anti-racist" groups.

Add to this that official discourse notwithstanding, there is a steady flow of illegal immigrants being provided with regular working papers.

As soon as an "anti-racist" organisation or workers' union identifies a group of illegals and decides to campaign on their behalf, they are very likely to be granted residency status once media attention has turned away.

Furthermore, school principals are prevented by law from asking immigrant parents for residency papers when they apply for free education. It is accepted wisdom, among a large part of the political spectrum, that as long as you have children in school, deporting you would be the equivalent of the Holocaust. The comparison is openly, and commonly made.

Unless there are group deportations by boats and chartered planes, all these targets will amount to nothing.

Presently, you need maybe three, four or five policemen to deport a single individual. They need to buy as many tickets on a commercial airplane. They have to deal with the prisoner, who often resists deportation forcibly. They have to deal with regular passengers on those flights, who often protest and try to prevent take-off by refusing to sit down.

Ethnic solidarity plays a role here, since, on Africa-bound planes, you'll often find a good number of passagers of African origin, whatever their actual citizenship.

Policemen have to deal with the flight captain, who is entitled to refuse a passenger if he thinks embarking him would put safety at risk -- and he often does. They have to deal with the police and population in the destination country -- and there have been incidents where French policemen were physically threatened by the African crowd and manhandled by the local police.

All that, provided the destination country has accepted the deportation in the first place -- you cannot do it otherwise. Some contries never accept the repatriation of their nationals. As for illegal immigrants, they routinely destroy whatever identity papers they might have, so that the police cannot even know for sure what country they are from.

Family reunion is providing the bulk of fresh official immigrants -- let's not even mention illegals. Only 7% of newcomers enter the country in order to work (I'm quoting from memory, but I'm pretty sure that's the actual figure).

The most frightening development is that, thanks to the arsenal of "anti-racist" laws, it is now extremely risky to criticize this immigration policy. It might land you in prison at any moment -- one journalist was handed a three-month prison sentence a short while ago, just for publishing a mildly ironic piece on the opening of a mosque in a small country village.

Phaeton said...

^To the above

Are unions really such large cultural traitors that they'd actually sell out their own working class in order to keep Khalid and his ilk burning cars in alleyways?

Afonso Henriques said...

"The French crackdown may be a violation of EU rules, but, hey — they’re French, so they don’t need to worry about such trivialities."

So true... And this is so sad... really.

But the article is good news!

"France is deporting people in record numbers."

Good to know. But I still believe France will be the first to fall. Balkanic states don't count!

Henrik R Clausen said...

The French crackdown may be a violation of EU rules.

Most sensible policies are.

But I still believe France will be the first to fall.

I'm willing to take a bet against that.

Balkanic states don't count!

Good. I was in doubt if I should put my money (or beer/wine) on Belgium or Britain. With Belgium out of the question, my bet is that Formerly Great Britain goes down before France.

But we need a hard criterion to decide who wins. Any ideas?

Armor said...

Marchenoir: "Family reunion is providing the bulk of fresh official immigrants -- let's not even mention illegals."

Paul Belien wrote an interesting article about this:
Marital Import: The Cause of Europe’s Rapid Islamization

Obviously, Sarkozy will not try to do anything about that.

Some other news from France :
(my translation:) The French consul general in Algeria tells how many visas were delivered in 2007. "Last year, 200.000 requests were received, of which 150.000 were accepted. This year, "it will be the same".
The number of visa requests rejected by the Consulate of France in Algeria has fallen by 50%. The rejection rate was previously 80%, whereas it is now less than 40%, said M. Heude during the presentation of the new buildings «VisasFrance», in Ben Aknoun.
The consul general restated that the percentage of visas granted to Algerians keeps growing. He gave a precision: "Every request of good quality is accepted", and added: "Visas are granted depending on the documents provided". Source: - October 2008

Another one :
France will now welcome 9000 Tunisian workers every year, in accordance with the Franco-Tunisian agreement signed during the recent state visit of president Sarkozy in Tunisia. This agreement does not make provision for immigration quotas, but "constitutes a sign of rapprochement and good will", said the french ambassador. Besides making visas easier to obtain, and giving (some 10.000) Tunisians a possibility to be hired in France when they finish their studies, the agreement also provides for granting 1.500 visas every year as part of the program called “competence and talents”.
Source: - May 2008

And it is only 2 Arab countries. I think most immigration is now from black Africa.

Afonso Henriques said...

Well Henrik, I think your idea of "down" is different from my own.
Your concept of "down" seems to be the "partition" of territory: The partition of Belgian into Dutch and French influenced halves or the division of the U.K. in Scotland England and Wales.

My concept of down was a civil war or such (France). I said Balkanic Nations do not count because both Macedonia and Montenegro continue to have... let's call them great challenges...

Well, I live in a Nation where the highest ranking military personal gathered today and made statements like: "If the government does not take actions, the next generation of high ranking militrary personal may present a danger to democracy". Another one said the same but instead of democracy he used the State. And my favourite:
"If we were in the sixties, for example, we could solve all the questions with a coup d'était".

Of course, I have no idea why they did that.

Consul-At-Arms said...

I've quoted you and linked to you here: