Refugees are welcomed in France earlier this month,but many choose to seek asylum elsewhere. Photo: AFP
Talk of high unemployment, a stuttering economy, reams of red tape and language difficulties means many refugees are opting to avoid France in search of a better chance of making a life for themselves elsewhere in Europe.
They dream of a better life in Germany, Sweden or Holland, but one country appears glaringly absent from the lips of refugees on their arduous journey to Europe: France.
So why are refugees skirting Europe’s second largest economy, once seen as the promised land for asylum-seekers?
“France is not good for my future, and on top of that it doesn’t have the reputation of easily giving a residence permit,” said Edward, a 24-year-old from Baghdad waiting in Stockholm for a boat to Finland.
Refugees waiting at a railway station in Budapest in Hungary. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP
Tens of thousands were due to rally in European capitals on Saturday in support of refugees as Hungary’s populist prime minister called for a giant aid package for countries around war-ravaged Syria to stem mass migration to Europe.
The Europe-wide “day of action” includes dozens of events across several nations with the biggest demonstration expected in London. There are also rival anti-migrant events due to take place, notably in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia.
One in four expats to France came to country because of a relationship. Photo: AFP
Published: 01 Sep 2015 15:42 GMT+02:00
A new survey is full of revealing facts about expats in France, why they came here, what they love and what they loathe. So how do you measure up?
by the global expat network InterNations looked at expats in 64 countries. Here’s what it has to say about foreigners living and working in France.
Jean-Marie Le Pen. Photo: AFP
French far-right firebrand Jean-Marie Le Pen announced Saturday the creation of a political association, distinct from the National Front (FN) party he co-founded and was recently ousted from after feuding with its current leader, his daughter.