Paris, Europe Brief News – ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies warned of the French government’s newly proposed immigration regulations.
The human rights organisation stressed the new regulations work to harmfully undermine the rights of hundreds of migrant workers in France, as it promotes and magnifies the racist rhetoric boasted by politicians and far-right parties in the country.
When far-left LFI party member Carlos Martens Bilongo questioned the government’s approach to migrants rescued at sea, a far-right parliamentarian, Gregoire de Fournas, exclaimed: “They should go back to Africa!”. Just one day after the announcement of the new immigration regulations, this ignited a heated discussion about the concerns and future of migration in the country. A plethora of racist rhetoric, such as the example seen above, is expected to emerge and multiply from the announcement of such immigration policies.
On Wednesday, the French government announced a law that would provide a special residency permit for illegal immigrants working in understaffed sectors. The new law attempts to combat the rampant exploitation of unauthorized workers midst labour shortage in several European countries.
ImpACT International expressed concern with the new immigration measure, which is expected to be considered in 2023, that will speed up the expulsion of certain irregular migrants while establishing residency cards for unauthorized migrants currently in France who wish to work in labour-shortage industries.
In August, ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies highlighted examples of such dire conditions of these migrant workers. Some of which, worked for Ociété Route Assainissement Construction (SORACO) which was in crisis.
ImpACT said that due to a management crisis in the company, millions of euros were unaccounted for and may be lost, leaving workers who totally depend on their salaries without pay for many months.