Eleven days after the docking of theOcean-Viking in Toulon, with 234 migrants on board, the government remains under fire from critics of the opposition as well as defenders of exiles. The former consider the reception of passengers to be unbridled, the latter consider it too safe. The executive wants to pull the “conclusions” of this episode by a new legislative tightening with the upcoming immigration law.
“We will obviously draw conclusions from what we have experienced for theOcean-Viking »warned Tuesday, November 22 the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, during the session of questions to the government in the National Assembly, when he was questioned by the deputy Fabien Di Filippo (Les Républicains), who spoke of “fiasco”.
The right “is not necessarily suitable for this situation”continued Gérald Darmanin. “We must change the law, and that is precisely what we are going to do in the immigration law” proposed by the government, which is conducting all-out consultations on this draft text which must be the subject of a parliamentary debate on December 6 and 13 before an official presentation at the beginning of January 2023, he added.
The Minister of the Interior also mentioned the establishment “from the month of June” 2023 of one “Schengen entry and exit system, which has never existed before”without further details.
The government claims to “respect the rule of law”
The entourage of Mr. Darmanin specified that four people were still on Tuesday morning in the closed waiting area, created on the peninsula of Giens, and in which the government wanted to maintain around 190 migrants, i.e. all the survivors of I’Ocean-Viking with the exception of unaccompanied minors. These four survivors “will be eligible to be returned to their country of origin”we learned from the same source.
“There is a plane that has already left” to Mali, assured Gérald Darmanin before the National Assembly on Tuesday, without further details. He had mentioned the upcoming expulsion of around 40 of these migrants last week, before a salvo of massive releases by court decisions, which led right-wing and far-right oppositions to judge the situation out of control. .
Most of the migrants have “disappeared in nature”thus lambasted Fabien Di Filippo, while the deputy of Loiret Mathilde Paris (National Rally) deplored the” incapacity “ of State. The government “respects the rule of law and the law in general”retorted Gérald Darmanin to justify the release of almost all of these people.
“People are not completely in nature”also defended in the morning the government spokesperson, Olivier Véran, on CNews. “It’s not a fiasco (…)first of all it is what is called the rule of law”, also opposed the former Minister of Health. Finally, he affirmed that the government is “contacting” migrants released so that they “fall within the right of asylum system”.
The strategy of the government, which created an ad hoc detention site, is a “political failure”for her part estimated the director of the National Association of Border Assistance for Foreigners, Laure Palun, who challenged the ” waiting area “ in justice. “But it is also a failure for the people who have been locked up, for some, for eleven days”she added. “It necessarily added violence and suffering” after a long wandering at sea.