23 July 2008
French President wants to toughen EU immigration laws
President Nicolas Sarkozy will be working hard to introduce tougher foreign policy during France’s six-month presidency of the EU, reports the BBC News.
The President wants to combat the increasingly problematic illegal immigration in the EU by giving the EU authorisation to detain illegal immigrants for 18 months and streamline the process of returning immigrants to their home countries. He also wants to channel immigration flows to the EU and create a common policy or initiative to help legal immigrants settle properly and seamlessly into the European community.
In France alone, there are over 400,000 illegal immigrants. It is claimed the French President also wanted a central EU institution to process asylum requests and impose a language policy on immigrants that would require them to learn the national language and values of their new host country.
Other leaders of the EU are in favour of the immigration reforms.
French immigration policy has traditionally been defensive in its approach to foreign workers; however, the government is now opening its doors in a response to a skills shortage in the IT industry and new measures have been introduced to streamline the application process for French visas so more foreign workers will move to France. If you are a citizen of the EU, you have the right to live and work in France.
The Worldwide Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in French visa and immigration services.
Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.