Macron toughens stance with quotas on migrant workers

Yellow vests walk past a mural aping the 19th century painting

Yellow vests walk past a mural aping the 19th century painting"La Liberté guidant le peuple, by Eugène Delacroix

Better regulation and curbing of immigration is a topic that President Emmanuel Macron has said would be at the heart of the next presidential election in 2022.

France will start setting quotas for migrant workers next year, the labor minister said today.

'Our priority is to help the French return to the job market. "Then it is to welcome the refugees and enable them to find a job", Penicaud said.

Philippe confirmed that parliament would in future set annual sectoral "goals or quotas" on skilled migration from non-EU countries, similar to the systems in place in Canada and Australia.

But in announcing the new measures, France joins other European states, among them Italy, Britain and Sweden, that have opted to take tougher approaches on migrants since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in 2011 triggered a migrant crisis across Europe and fuelled populist right-wing parties. Some hospitality industries, including the restaurant and hotel segments, are also believed to require workers willing to take low-paying jobs.

Currently, employers have to take part in a complex administrative process and justify why a French citizen can not be hired for a position they intend to give to a foreign worker needing a visa.

Information technology and engineering industries, by contrast, say France does not produce enough qualified candidates.

"The overall sense of our action is sovereignty", Philippe said in a speech, echoing a term used by the far right.

Philippe is spearheading Macron's move to toughen rules on immigration in a bid to woo right-wing voters who accuse the government of allowing in too many foreigners despite unemployment at 8.5 percent in the second quarter.

The measures could include restrictions on migrants bringing over family members, or limiting access to health care for asylum seekers while their claims are processed.

Opinion polls show voters are anxious about the issue, driving support for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, likely to be Macron's main opponent in the next presidential election in 2022.

The prime minister will unveil a number of measures Wednesday, signaling a tighter line after France received a record 122,743 asylum applications last year, up 22% from the previous year.

Macron angered the Bulgarian government last week after saying in an interview with a magazine that he preferred migrants from Guinea or Côte d'Ivoire to work legally rather than "illegal networks of Bulgarians and Ukrainians", AFP recalls.

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