Darmanin and Dussopt propose to create “short-term occupations” residence permit

As the next immigration bill begins to take shape, Interior and Labor ministers Gerald Darmanin and Olivier Dussopt outlined their new leaders in a newspaper interview this Wednesday morning. The world. They want to create a special residence permit for illegal workers in a sector with a labor shortage.

“If I had to sum it up, I would say that now we should be bad against the bad and good against the good.” It is under this somewhat euphemistic slogan that Home Secretary Gerald Darmani, assisted by Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt, wants to put the spirit of the upcoming immigration bill, which is expected in early 2023, during an interview. for The world and published on the newspaper’s website this Wednesday morning. With the flagship device: creating a residence permit specifically for undocumented workers who work in a labor-intensive sector.

The two ministers hope that this measure, along with deportation procedures at the border, will receive the approval of the right when the text reaches the Milli Majlis.

The building is in focus

Gerald Darmanin explained the main idea of ​​this road map as follows: “If tomorrow an illegal alien says, ‘I want to work in a tense job,’ the Minister of Labor proposes to create a residence permit as a “work in tension.” must be determined. Thus, he will have adequate social protection.”

To be honest, there will be less of an employee wanting to fill such a shortfall than training in an area where their arm is already tight. In any case, Labor Minister Olivier Dussopt clarified for his part: “This special residence permit will be there to regulate the situation, because we demonstrate that we work in a profession in tension.”

He gave the first example of the sectors involved: “We would like to see an illegal immigrant worker, especially in a shortage occupation such as construction, be able to request the right to stay in the area without going through the employer.”

Unscrupulous employers on the other side

For the resident of Rue de Grenelle, this new residence permit will indeed have several advantages. It would primarily pull the rug out from under the feet of employers who profit from illegal work. “This will allow us to change the balance of power with a few employers who may find it in their interests to have their workers illegal,” he posed, before anticipating the political confrontation ahead: “There will be no RN. We could do the work that was stolen from the French for us because we are already in positions occupied by irregular workers because they remain vacant”.

As for business leaders who don’t bother to know whether their employees fall under this framework, they should expose themselves to sanctions.

“We can imagine a form of fixed fine for an illegal worker found in a company. We can also empower the prefects to announce the administrative closure of the relevant enterprises for a longer period than today,” said Olivier Dussopt.

To frown

15 years after Nicolas Sarkozy’s “chosen emigration”, the interior minister wishes to dig the same furrow anyway. “Today, family immigration accounts for 50% of the flow, while labor immigration is less than 10%,” confirmed Gerald Darmanin, before continuing: “In the bill, the integration budget will increase by 24%, because the key to successful immigration is integration. , through the French language, values, work.”

“We want to make multi-year residence permits conditional on passing the French exam,” he said. Gerald Darmanin announced a new flexibility in this chapter.

“We will offer automatic renewal of multi-year titles for those who have not caused any problems, have no criminal record,” he said. He then gave the example of “70-year-old Chibanis from my constituency”.

Gerald Darmanin and Olivier Dussopt, the representatives of the government with only a relative majority, know that when the time comes, they will have to find additional support in the Hemisphere. That is why they tried to emphasize that the text was not carved in stone, but on a wink supported on the right side. “If we have to change the project, we will. We are very open,” assured Gerald Darmanin.

The game promises to be intense

However, there should be no illusions, the game will be tight. At least that’s what BFMTV political columnist Benjamin Duhamel guaranteed on tap this Wednesday morning: “Sections on the right will no doubt be clamoring for the return of the Polish plumbers or a wave of mass regularization.” “Pedagogical work will be needed,” the journalist said again.

And not just to the political class, he noted: “In an Ipsos poll last September, two-thirds of the French believe there are too many foreigners in France.” At the same time, all sections of the economy are being emptied, finally Benjamin Duhamel noted: “Today there are 400,000 vacant jobs in France.”

Robin Werner BFMTV journalist

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