Members of the Cross-Government Integration Committee
6 June 2018

Cross-Government Integration Committee

On 5 June 2018, the Prime Minister convened a Cross-Government Integration Committee meeting at the Hôtel de Matignon, his official residence. Aim: to achieve an "integration worthy of our Republic for all those to whom we grant the right to reside in France," the Head of Government said.

Édouard Philippe maintained that "the quality of our integration policy is central to the general balance of our immigration and asylum policy. Our priorities are clear. We are aiming for a swifter asylum system. A more effective deportation policy for irregular migrants". The Prime Minister is calling for a worthy integration policy that can enable individuals with residence rights to more effectively participate in community and professional life.

He outlined the four priorities of the integration policy:

  1. Proficiency in the French language: from 2019, doubling the volume of language lessons for foreign nationals settling lawfully in France (refugees in particular) to a total of 400 hours (which could rise to 600 hours for new arrivals who cannot read or write).
  2. Civic training to share the values of French society and connect with society.
  3. Access to employment: business networks will be mobilised to match jobseekers with job vacancies commensurate with their talents and skills.
  4. Consideration of certain particular circumstances, such as those in which refugees find themselves, who will thus be given enhanced administrative and social support to help them with the first few months of formalities following the granting of their status.

Édouard Philippe repeated the pledge to make 20,000 housing units available to refugees by the end of the year. On health, access to medical care will be facilitated, particularly treatment for psychological trauma.