Wednesday 13 November 2019

Macron toughens stance with quotas on migrant workers

France

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/PA
French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/PA

Henry Samuel

France is to introduce annual quotas for non-EU migrant workers as President Emmanuel Macron attempts to toughen his stance on immigration to ward off the far-right.

Starting next year, authorities will earmark industries in need of qualified staff, and make it easier to hire foreigners, said Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud.

"This is about France hiring based on its needs, similar to what is done in Canada or Australia," Ms Penicaud said.

Other measures include suspending health care for asylum seekers and illegal immigrants for their first three months in the country.

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