By December 31st 2018, the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner had identified 3,231,823 foreigners in the country, corresponding to the number of valid residence permits at that date.
In total, 46,838 new protection orders were issued in 2018.
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9,683 Albanians applied for protection in France in 2018, compared to 7,005 Georgians. For the Georgians, the number represented a huge 256 percent growth in one year. Between January and August 2019, the momentum continued and Georgian demand increased by 61 percent compared to the same period in 2018. This is despite the fact that the acceptance rate of their applications is very low: 8.4 percent for Albanians, 4.6 percent for Georgians.
7 – Reasons for immigration
Among the reasons given for immigration, family is by far the most important for the granting of residence permits, with 90,074 people successfully gaining permits on this basis. Foreign students represented 83,082 people in 2018, immigrants for “humanitarian” reasons 33,981 and economic migrants 33,502.
Last year, 5,565 people benefited from the “resettlement” programme, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which represents, for example, torture survivors.
In 2017, President Emmanuel Macron made a commitment to welcome 10,000 “resettled” people by the end of 2019. “We are at about 8,600,” says Castaner.
9 – Departed
In 2018, 19,957 people were officially “deported”, according to Castaner. 4,775 others were involved in “assisted voluntary departures” as part of a procedure allowing them to receive a sum of money in return for a return to their country.