Saturday, June 17, 2006


The French immigration law is tougher than anything seen in the United States

Sarkozy: Assimilate or else

A "tough on immigration" bill has passed in France and it is markedly different than any proposals offered in the United States.

The sharpest distinction between the French and the American solutions concerns what each country feels it should do with the illegal aliens who have been in these respective countries for the longest period of time.

Unlike the United States which wants to reward illegal aliens who have been breaking the law for the longest period of time, the French have taken the opposite approach. A tough new law that passed the upper house of the French parliament abolishes the rights of illegal immigrants who have remained for at least ten years.

It seems that France is ready to withdraw the welcome mat.

[BBC]: The upper house of the French parliament has passed a tough new immigration bill, weeks after it was adopted by the lower chamber.

The bill makes it harder for unskilled migrants to settle in France and abolishes the rights of illegal immigrants to remain after 10 years.

One facet of America's immigration policy is "family reunification" in which immigrants can arrange to bring their spouses and children to the United States.

France would not be so inclined to mimic "family reunification" but would rather make it harder for immigrants to bring their loved ones to France.

The proposed law also requires immigrants from outside the European Union to sign a contract agreeing to learn French and to respect the principles of the French Republic, and makes it more difficult for them to bring their families over to join them.

Mr Sarkozy has argued that riots by youths in immigrant suburbs across France last November showed the system of immigration and integration was failing.

He says France, like a number of other Western countries, needs to choose the immigrants it needs.

Here are some of the features of the French bill (according to BBC News)

*Only the qualified get "skills and talents" residency permit
*Foreigners only allowed in to work, not live off benefits
*Foreign spouses to wait longer for residence cards
*Migrants must agree to learn French
*Migrants must sign 'contract' respecting French way of life
*Scraps law on workers getting citizenship after 10 years

BBC NEWS: French immigration bill approved


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