Macron steals Brexiteers key catchphrase in desperate bid to secure 2020 election win  – News 247

Macron steals Brexiteers key catchphrase in desperate bid to secure 2020 election win – News 247

November 10, 2019 0 By Luis Garrison

 “We want to take back control of our migration policy,” Mr Philippe told reporters as he unveiled a series of measures he said were designed to preserve France’s “sovereignty”  The conservative premier said the 20 new measures showed that France is a country “that is open but not naïve” when it comes to managing immigration “That means that when we say yes it really means yes, and that when we say no it really means no… I think that we have found the right balance between reassuring our citizens and not giving ground to populism,” he continued   M Philippe confirmed lawmakers would in the future set annual sectoral “goals or quotas” on skilled migrant workers from non-EU countries  The quotas will be based on a list of professions in which employers would be exempted from having to prove that the position cannot be filled by a French person  However, the government stressed that the new caps on economic migration, which accounted for only 33,000 of the 255,956 residence permits handed out in 2018, “will not be restrictive”  Right-wing Rassemblement National (RN) leader Marine Le Pen slammed the quotas as a “smokescreen,” telling Europe 1 radio that they would in fact lead to more immigration  The government also announced plans to limit access to healthcare for asylum seekers   People seeking refugee status will have to wait for three months before accessing free, non-urgent medical care The restriction will not apply to children or to emergency care. Failed asylum seekers, for their part, will have access to free healthcare for just six months from 12 currently  M Philippe also said that the test for acquiring French citizenship would become more difficult and that the government would aim to process asylum applications within six months  President Emmanuel Macron’s critics accuse him and his ministers of mimicking the discourse of Mme Le Pen’s RN on immigration ahead of next year’s municipal elections and the 2022 presidential race Trending  Polls show that Mme Le Pen has moved into the mainstream and is winning over voters disillusioned with the government; while M Macron’s popularity is slipping  M Macron has for months signalled a tougher approach to immigration, stressing that France must end its “lax” approach to prevent voters from being wooed by the far-right  “France cannot host everyone if it wants to host people well,” M Macron said in September   “In order to be able to welcome everyone properly, we should not be too attractive a country ” He has also deplored the fact that the country’s asylum laws were being “misused” by people posing as refugees in order to take advantage of French healthcare  In the second quarter of this year, France received 28,575 asylum applications, or 426 per million inhabitants, according to Eurostat data  That is well above the EU average of 291 asylum applications per million inhabitants, and puts France in eighth place in Europe