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France under President François Hollande is a slightly more welcoming place for immigrants, according to new data released on Friday by the country’s top cop. However, the statistics show not everything is different.
The French government’s handling of immigration has become slightly more welcoming for certain kinds of new arrivals in past two years, though plenty were left out of the softening policies, new data show
Since 2012 the country has seen a 13 percent increase in the number of newly naturalized citizens and six percent jump in student visas. However, the numbers released on Friday by France’s top cop, Interior Minister Manuel Valls, show France carried out two percent more expulsions since 2012.
That data should not come as a surprise given the country’s hard line stance on expelling Roma people to Romania and Bulgaria. France expelled 20,000 Romanians 2013, which in addition to being a record, was double the number kicked out the previous year.
Though President François Hollande’s successor was often criticized as anti-immigrant, the policies of the current administration are still rigorous in many ways. Here are some of the keys points from Valls’ immigration statistics:
– The Local