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Record number of illegal immigrants expelled

AFP · 11 Jan 2012, 07:03

Published: 11 Jan 2012 07:03 GMT+01:00

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French Interior Minister Claude Guéant boasted on Tuesday that the country expelled a record number of illegal immigrants last year and vowed to significantly reduce legal immigration.

The announcement came three months ahead of a presidential election in which far-right candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front is expected to target President Nicolas Sarkozy's immigration policies.

Guéant, a close ally of Sarkozy and well-known hardliner on immigration, said France had expelled 32,922 illegal immigrants last year, up from 28,026 in 2010.

"This is the highest level ever attained," he said during a press conference, adding that France would seek to expell 35,000 illegal immigrants this year.

Guéant also said the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country had dropped to 182,595 last year, down from 189,455 in 2010.

Describing current immigration figures as a "migration policy out of control", he said he hoped to reduce the number of legal immigrants to 150,000 per year -- a level not seen since the 1990s.

Guéant has repeatedly linked immigration with crime in France and on Tuesday said the delinquancy rate among immigrants was "two to three times higher" than the national average.


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Your comments about this article

2012-01-16 11:28:53 by muggals
The article has nothing to do with mass immigration.You live in Canada,Canada is an immigrant nation,.You favor white non Muslim or non Hindu's or Asians ,who you claim are responsible for the drug trade that you are aware of but do not partake in. Now you claim you are not xenophobic, perhaps you would like to enlighten us all as to what you really are. Just a concerned citizen I assume?
2012-01-16 05:22:00 by nathan45
Being anti immigration does not make you xenophobic I am all for people geting along but I dont belive mass immigration from non western countries is beneficial look at the statistics.
2012-01-15 15:10:55 by muggals
@nathan45 France is expelling illegals, not persons that entered on a quota system. you should check with your Doctor ,they may have an injection against xenophobia.
2012-01-12 21:06:48 by MOI
2012-01-12 00:09:47 by nathan45
I might move to France I live in canada so I speak French and English. Each year Canada gives 500,000 people citizenship and allows an aditional 500,000 temperory citizenship but if there here 5 years they get permanent citizenship so give it 30 years what is Canada going to look like. And their not always law following people either my friends buy my Marijana and other drugs from recent Asian immigrants I dont do drugs my self. Over all good job france.
2012-01-11 15:18:09 by jmclewis
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