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France to limit medical care to irregular migrant workers

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Migration, France, European Union, asylum seekers

French gendarmes walk by tents during the evacuation of the Grande Synthe migrant camp, norfthern France

French government has decided to impose quotas on the number of foreign workers from outside the European Union, as part of measures aimed at addressing popular concerns about immigration, asylum and integration.

British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Wednesday, November 6, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe stated: «We want to take back control of our migration policy. Taking back control of our migration policy means fighting back against abuses of the right of asylum, against irregular migration. Our country will therefore play its part so that Europe rebuilds».

Migrant tent camps that have sprung up in areas of north-eastern Paris are to be cleared by the end of 2019. Access to medical care would be cut for those, who have no right to stay.

France is one of many European countries that have struggled to respond to an influx of irregular migrants and the government is under pressure to react to the political challenge from the far-right National Rally of Marine Le Pen.

In France, the number of asylum requests rose by 22% in 2018 to 122,743.


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