Macron's Open Borders: Almost 90,000 Migrants Apply For Asylum in France in 2019
The country almost matches Germany for new asylum applications
France is set to catch up with Germany this year as more than 90,000 migrants attempting to claim asylum in the country, according to new statistics.
According to a document from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), France has seen a total of 91,372 asylum applications in 2019.
The new figures show France is just 767 behind Germany for asylum applications, according to a report from Le Bien Publique.
Both Germany and France have taken around 40 percent of all asylum seekers in the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland in 2019.
Germany saw 184,000 asylum applications in 2018, while France saw a record 123,000, beating the previous record set just one year before in 2017.
Didier Leschi, Director-General of the French Office for Immigration and Integration said:
France is not less protective than other countries; it is the opposite: this partly explains the attractiveness of our country and the fact that the asylum application continues to increase.”
“We are seeing a very large influx of people from safe countries of origin in Eastern Europe who prefer to come to France because they are less protected in Germany,” Leschi added.
“We are also seeing the arrival in France of those who have been rejected in other European countries, such as in Northern Europe and Germany, particularly the Afghans because the assessment of the situation in Afghanistan is different according to the asylum systems of European countries. France is a rebound country, ” he said.
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The influx of asylum seekers has come at a cost, taking billions of euros from French taxpayers.
According to figures released by the Assembly of French Departments (ADF), underage migrants alone estimated to cost two billion euros per year according to figures.
As many as 400,000 illegal immigrants currently live in the troubled northern suburbs of Paris, with illegals making up as much as 20 percent of the population, according to a report released last July.\
Earleir this year, Emmanuel Macron ordered the return of 130 suspected ISIS members back to France following concerns his government may 'lose track of them' once the US troops withdraw from Syria.
130 Islamic State suspects from France have now been taken in custody by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) while they await their return to Paris.
They suspected terror group members expected to be sent back to France int he coming weeks, according to French channel BFMTV.
Among those in custody in northern Syria is Adrien Guihal is a French Muslim who orchestrated the attacks in France, including one in Nice that killed 87 people.