Refugees: how many manage to come to the European Union? *

En 2019, tentant de parler à la logique de l’opinion publique française et européenne, l’envoyé spécial du Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les Réfugiés (HCR), Vincent Cochetel, déclarait pour le journal français la CROIX : Il faut casser le mythe que tous les réfugiés veulent venir en Europe : 85 % d’entre eux, à travers le monde, sont dans les pays de premier asile, qui sont limitrophes de leur pays d’origine ».

Immigrants; how many first residence permits does France issue?

“Un mensonge répété 10 fois reste un mensonge. Répété 10 000 fois, il devient la vérité”. C’était l’un des axiomes et dictons préférés d’Hitler et de Goebbels. Les deux génies noirs de la propagande ne connaissaient que trop bien cette vérité de la nature humaine. Et ils n’ont pas hésité à l’utiliser. Car oui : un mensonge peut se transformer en vérité. C’est scientifiquement prouvé. « Au fil du temps, une exposition répétée à la désinformation peut créer un effet de vérité illusoire. Ce phénomène est lié à la mémoire, car les informations familières sont plus facilement rappelées et apparaissent ainsi plus fiables ». (De Keersmaecker et al. (2020). Hasher et al. (1977).

The new law, what changes for immigrants?

The final version of the immigration bill was published this Wednesday, December 21, 2022. The French government sent it, Monday, December 19, 2022, to the Council of State. According to media, the text facilitates the expulsion of foreigners in an irregular situation, in particular those who pose a threat to public order. At the same time, the government intends to introduce new residence permits, in particular for so-called "shortage occupations" and for the foreign doctors.

Ornela: When the paths of life and exile intersect

"I don't like asking people to help me. I was very disappointed..." Ornela* pronounces often this phrase to anyone who asks her why she goes on almost alone with her legal procedures in France. This 28-year-old young woman left Albania when she was barely of age and, for 10 years, she has traveled the roads of immigration while building her family life.

Edona, for just 51 euros more...

"Covid 19 revealed the true face of the man I gave everything up for." Edona1 decided to leave her birth country at the age of 56 to join her husband, who was already staying and working legally in France. Her decision was made to provide a proper family life for her 13-year-old son, with whom she left Albania. It was the year 2017. After a difficult journey, without a visa but with lots of hope, her regularization does not come. Thus, she is unable to work in France, in the small town somewhere in the Grand Est where she lives with her family. "Each hair on my head represents how many times I have regretted coming to France," she admits.

Kaltrina: Child and foreigner, which criteria prevails?

Kaltrina arrived in France as a minor of 16-years old. Photo credit Anastasia PAPADOPOULOS

"I am a very determined person. If I want something, I get it." Kaltrina's* eyes, as always adorned with a sharp line of eyeliner, shine with determination. And yet, obtaining the right to stay in France was anything but easy for her. On the eve of the renewal of her residence permit, the 21-year-old Albanian tells me her story for the first time.

“I left Iran on a Friday, to stay alive...”

Helena’hands Photo credit Athénaïs LACHAT

She grew up in a violent environment. A lawyer now, Helena is still terrified of her father. Since the beginning of her life, he mistreats both of them, her mother and her. Mother, unable to bear it any longer, ends up leaving home when Helena is only a little girl. This departure leaves the field open to her father, who forces her to stop her studies so that she can work. Helena recalls that he was in debt and uses her to earn money. He ends up forcing her to "work" with a friend, a wealthy and influential 37-year-old man.  

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