Asylum seekers

“Guaranteeing right of asylum and better controlling migratory flows” action plan

On 12 July 2017, the Government put forward an action plan designed to ensure a balanced and controlled migration policy.


Improving control of migration flows at European and international level

  • Continue to strengthen checks at the external borders of the European Union (EU): capabilities as regards checks, recording and hosting of EU "hotspots" will be bolstered, as will tools for performing external border checks. Frontex's transformation into the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will be finalised.
  • Work towards greater solidarity: solidarity involves building our capacity to conduct a fully-fledged European asylum policy, complete with a common list of safe countries of origin and means for preventing or addressing migrant crises.
  • Take action on flows at European and international level: proactive measures aimed at the source of migration flows are paramount. France will fully participate in the international community's efforts to stabilise the situation in Libya by stepping up the fight against networks and recommending that the EU impose sanctions against those involved. Employment initiatives in countries of origin will be enhanced.

Reinstating the full scope of the right to asylum by improving the processing of applications and reception conditions

  • Improve the time it takes to process asylum applications: by shortening this from 14 to 6 months, rights will become more accessible, reception of asylum seekers will improve and it will also be possible to keep better tabs on the housing and cash support expenditure path.
  • Increase reception capacities as regards asylum seekers: to prevent asylum seekers from setting up camp on the street, the Government intends to create an extra 7,500 reception places by 2019. Asylum seekers will be pointed more effectively towards appropriate welcome facilities. A specific action plan for unaccompanied minors will also be presented.

Conducting an effective and credible policy against irregular migration

  • A credible deportation policy: the Government will be working closely with prefects and law enforcement to ensure the obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) is put into practice more effectively.
  • Action first and foremost on certain groups of asylum seekers: precedence will be given to the situation of asylum seekers whose applications have either been rejected or are the responsibility of another EU State, pursuant to the Dublin Regulation.
  • Crack down more effectively on fraud and criminal networks: as of this summer the Government will already be issuing instructions to prefects to set up control plans in each prefecture.

For an ambitious overhaul of integration policy

  • Genuine equal opportunities for all documented foreign nationals: integration policy will be recast during an extensive consultation process involving researchers and academics. The cornerstone underpinning this policy will be proficiency in the French language. The reform will be validated by a cross-government council on integration, set to meet in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Improve the integration of refugees: housing and employment will be made more accessible. The Government will appoint a cross-government delegate for the integration of refugees, who will be attached to the Minister of the Interior.

Attracting talent and skills

The "France Visas" project will be rolled out this summer to make the issuing of visas easier and the procedures followed by government departments more reliable. The Government intends to develop the "passeports talents" initiative so that researchers, investors, business founders or renowned artists will be able to get a residence document for four years. Outstanding students or skilled young professionals will be given easier access to the job market and their circular mobility will be encouraged.

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25 April 2018