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France: Record 100,000 Asylum Applications in 2017

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January 9, 2018

The French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) has announced that France received a record-breaking 100,412 asylum applications in 2017, with many of the asylum seekers coming from Africa.

The asylum application total shows an increase of 17 per cent compared to figures from 2016 and has also seen the emergence of asylum seekers from new origin countries, mainly in Africa, Le Monde reports.

Among the top 10 nationalities seeking asylum, African countries made up over half of the nations of origin. The largest and fourth overall were asylum seekers from Sudan, followed by Guineans and other asylum seekers from French-speaking countries like Ivory Coast and Congo.

Since his election in May of last year, President Emmanuel Macron has taken steps to curb the influx of migrants from Africa and was able to secure a deal with Niger and Chad last year to allow the passage of a smaller number of vetted migrants.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:56 am

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