Nov 24, 2021
France Estimates Illegal Migrant Population Between 600-700,000
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French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has claimed that there may be as many as 700,000 migrants living in France who do not have valid residency papers.
The French interior minister claimed that the figure was, in fact, quite low for a major European country, noting the illegal immigrant population of the United Kingdom was estimated at between 1 and 1.5 million.
“France has far fewer illegal immigrants than most of the major countries in Europe, starting with Great Britain: between 1 and 1.5 million against 600,000 to 700,000 for us,” Darmanin told French media this week, newspaper La Provence reports.
Exact figures for illegal immigrants are not known, but Darmanin’s statistics are likely based on the State Medical Aid (AME) system which gives healthcare to illegal immigrants living in French territory.
In September, a report noted that France intended to spend as much as €1 billion (£860 million/$1.17 billion) on the AME system in 2022, up from the previous budget of €990 (£850 million/$1.162 billion) from this year.
France to Spend One Billion Euros on Healthcare for Illegal Migrants in 2022 https://t.co/veinLMv8tE
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The estimation of up to 700,000 illegals is a drastic increase from figures presented by former Interior Minister Gérard Collomb, who in 2017 stated that there were only 300,000 illegal immigrants living in France.
Professor Jérôme Wittwer, an author of a report on illegal migration, had claimed in 2019 that the number could be far higher than official estimates, stating that only one in two illegals applied for AME and that the real number of illegal immigrants in France could be double the official estimates.
The total cost of mass migration in France per year is also disputed, but a 2020 Court of Auditors report claimed that the country had spent €6.57 billion (£5.77bn/$7.09bn) on immigration in 2019, a figure 48 per cent higher than in 2012.
Populist National Rally leader Marine Le Pen, one of the leading candidates for next year’s presidential elections, stated at the time that the overall figure could be much higher and estimated that the state was spending €70 billion (£61bn/$76bn) when all costs were totalled.Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or email at ctomlinson(at)breitbart.com
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New York City Greenlights Nations First Consumption Sites for Illegal Drugs
New York City has sanctioned the city’s first shooting galleries for drug users in the United States, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced in a Tuesday statement.
The New York Post reports:
The locations were chosen based on “health need and depth of program experience,” according to the Health Department. The sites will provide clean needles and social services, but users must bring their own drugs. Last year, over 2,000 New Yorkers died of drug overdoses, the highest since the city started tracking the figures in 2000. The most common drug involved in the fatalities is opioids. Between January and March this year, another 596 people lost their lives due to addiction. A city Health Department study found that the sites could save up to 130 people a year.
The sites will be operated by the nonprofit organization OnPoint NYC.
“Being the 1st OPC site in the US is an honor & incredible step forward in ending the opioid crisis,” the group said of the news.
For more than 29 years, we have dedicated our lives to ending #overdose deaths & the criminalization & stigma associated with substance use. Being the 1st OPC site in the US is an honor & incredible step forward in ending the #overdosecrisis #wearethemedicine #THISSITESAVESLIVES pic.twitter.com/3NuuDCSh9C
— NYHRE (@NYHarmReduction) November 30, 2021
“Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis. I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible,” de Blasio said.
Speaking to the Post, New York City Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) expressed doubt about the plan’s effectiveness to curb drug usage in the city.
“British Columbia has led North America in safe injection sites, all while crossing overdose death milestones every month. How anyone can see this as a solution to a serious problem is beyond me, never mind the concerns of the neighbors,” Borelli said.
A plan by De Blasio to open four locations in the city was previously opposed by former President Donald Trump and disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).