Immigration: the number of visas granted by France to Algeria and Morocco divided by two

the essential France has toughened its tone towards Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. While these countries refuse to take back their nationals in an irregular situation, the French government has decided to drastically reduce the number of visas issued.

France will reduce the number of visas granted to Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, which refuse to take back their nationals in an irregular situation, according to information from Europe 1 confirmed on Tuesday 28 September government spokesman Gabriel Attal.

Between January and July 2021, the French justice would have, for example, ordered 7 731 obligations to leave French territory to Algerian nationals. Only 22 of them would have gone back to their homes. A figure which is explained by the refusal of Algeria to issue consular passes, a document which allows the execution of an expulsion. “It is a drastic decision, it is an unprecedented decision, but it is a decision made necessary by the fact that these countries do not accept to take back nationals that we do not want and cannot keep in France” , justified the spokesperson of the government on Europe 1.

The number of visas granted divided by two

“There was a dialogue, then there were threats; today we are putting this threat into action,” said the government spokesperson. The Head of State therefore decided to halve the number of visas granted to Algeria and Morocco, and to 30% for the Tunisia. This decision was taken a month ago, based on the benchmark of the year 2020.

63 000 visas have been issued for 96 requests, i.e. a delivery rate of 65%, over the first six months of the year 2020. A figure that swelled the first six months of the year 2021, with two out of three requests that came from Algeria and which were satisfied by France. 31 500 visas will be issued for a maximum of the next six months, asked the President of the Republic at the consular services of the Quai d’Orsay.

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