Fight against undocumented migrants: France’s new strategy

Illegal immigration has been a real problem in recent years for all European countries. The economic and financial crisis due to covid-19 as well as the deterioration of purchasing power in certain Maghreb countries has given a boost to illegal immigration.

The summer of 2021 has witnessed the explosion of the Harga phenomenon that the member countries of the European Union are trying to stem through common policies and bilateral agreements. This is indeed the case of a proposal that will be presented in a fortnight, around December 8, by the European Commission, in order to start a long process of negotiations, reports yesterday, November 25, France Info.

According to the same source, this is a proposal supported by Germany, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and France concerning the possible establishment of border controls between the various countries of Schengen area.

Free movement: an advantage for harragas

“It is, according to our information, to allow controls in fairly large border areas, several kilometers within the country, and not only at the border, a bit on the model of flying customs”, said the French media.

Indeed, individuals who have successfully entered the territory of one of the Member States of the European Union benefit from the possibility of accessing other member countries without being subject to controls. A very advantageous situation for the Harragas wishing to reach France via Italy or Spain.

This is why the aforementioned proposal was brought by the aforementioned countries, in particular Germany and France, the objective of which is “to fight against illegal immigration, to intercept smugglers before they arrive in Calais in particular” . To this end, Paris, the El Dorado of the Maghreb Harrags, will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union from January 1 to June 30, 2022, concludes France Info.

Let us recall in conclusion that the Hexagon had already initiated measures of this kind, and this, by reducing the number of visas granted to the Maghreb countries which refuse to issue consular permits to their nationals established clandestinely in France. A measure that Paris has just completed with another, this time with the help of other European countries.

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