The French political establishment, responding to to popular outrage at un-assimilated Muslim immigrants, plans a brutal and effective solution – other threatened democracies should follow their lead:
Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s interior minister and presidential hopeful, has unveiled tougher rules on immigration, making it easier to expel foreign workers or those refusing to integrate.
Immigration is expected to be a central issue in next year’s presidential elections, partly because of France’s worst urban rioting in almost four decades at the end of last year.
Mr Sarkozy’s hard-line response to the violence, perpetrated in large part by descendants of African immigrants living in poor neighbourhoods, helped lift his popularity.
Stopping The Flow
The first priority is to stop the problem getting worse, and the new law makes a good start (my subheads).
Only five per cent of legal immigrants came to France for work…the remainder arrived to join family members.
While that right is guaranteed under the European convention on human rights, Mr Sarkozy pointed out that “a foreigner wanting his family to join him would have to prove that he can support them through his salary”.
Workers who could “contribute to the economic dynamism of our country”, such as scientists, IT experts or artists, would be given a three-year work permit.
Students taking courses that are in less demand would be given priority in obtaining visas to study at universities.
… the “clandestine prize” which gives illegal immigrants permanent residency if they stay in the country for more than 10 years unnoticed is expected to be scrapped under the new laws.
… companies that employ foreign workers illegally would have to pay for their repatriation.
The law also makes it harder for an illegal immigrant to gain residency status by marrying a French person. The new spouse must now wait three years instead of 18 months to apply, then prove that he has made efforts to integrate into his new home.
Removing The Un-assimilated
France has about 6 million Muslims, and if the numbers from the recent poll of Brit Muslims apply, 420,000 (7%) will favor suicide bombing in France and a further 540,000 (9%) in Israel – that’s about 1,000,000 Muslims who would be happier back in a Muslim society.
Immigrants applying for lengthy stays would have to respect a list of obligations as part of a new “contract of welcome and integration”.
These include learning French and actively looking for a job. In return, they would be “protected against discrimination” and given 10-year residency permits. Immigrants failing to respect human rights would face expulsion.
“In the case of a woman kept hostage in her home without learning French, the whole family will be obliged to leave,” Mr Sarkozy said.
Other laws may be needed, for example:
- Deportation of the entire family complicit in an honor killing or arranged marriage
- Deportation of immigrants who threaten murder – the suicide-bomber/crack-dealer for example
- Deportation of families of suicide bombers
If this sounds draconian, think of those London Muslims who – from the freedom of their host’s liberal democracy – threatened mass murder unless it adopted their 7th Century values.