Brexit: British fleeing to France

Britons were issued nearly 100,000 residence permits by France in 2021 because of Brexit, we learned on Monday, on the sidelines of the publication of annual immigration figures. Notably, 99,644 British nationals obtained a residence permit last year, when they must hold one to legally reside in France from October 1, 2021, against the backdrop of Brexit.

These are still “provisional” data, underscores the Ministry of the Interior on the occasion of this publication of immigration statistics for the rest of the certainty, because “given the time between the filing of the application and the issuance of the permit, some permits issued years are not yet registered in the National Management Database for Residence Permits”.

As a comparison, the administration has indicated the final number of residence permits granted to Britons in 2020: 7,686, ie thirteen times less. “The requirement of a specific residence permit for the British and their dependents on 1 October 2021 has generated an unprecedented influx of requests”, the French Interior Ministry underlined in January, issuing the title known as “Brexit”. justified the explosion. , return agreement”.

slow resumption of migratory flow

Furthermore, the final immigration figures confirm a timid recovery in migrant flows last year, in 2020, after a year of record decline in movements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, the first 104,381 asylum applications were registered in France, up 28%, a level well below the pre-health crisis.

After the Taliban came to power in mid-August 2021, this increase in applications submitted to dedicated one-stop shops (GUDA) is partly explained by the evacuation operations of thousands of Afghan civilians from Kabul.

Afghanistan thus surpassed Cte d’Ivoire (6,260), Bangladesh (6,231) and Guinea (5.269) with 16,116 applications submitted (+61%), giving France its position as the main country of origin for asylum seekers. strengthened.

In the first half of 2022, the number of attempts to cross the Channel illegally increased sharply, the interior ministry also told AFP on Monday, a 68% increase from the same period last year (777 for 20,132 people). attempt) reported. 1 January and 13 June.

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