French place ban on Spain's new legal immigrants

12th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 May 2005, PARIS — The French government has banned several hundred thousand foreigners who benefited from an immigration amnesty in Spain from working in France.

12 May 2005

PARIS — The French government has banned several hundred thousand foreigners who benefited from an immigration amnesty in Spain from working in France.

Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said the immigrants in Spain would be barred from France.

The residency permit "is only good for Spain and not for other countries," Villepin said in a press conference at which he unveiled a new plan to fight illegal immigration and ruled out a mass amnesty in France.

"Labour is a national matter for each of our countries," the interior minister said.

As far as France's plans on immigrants, he said: "A massive normalization is out of the question because it is not a solution."

Villepin said the lessons of the past must be heeded, especially the amnesties of 1981 and 1997 in France.

The amnesty, which is expected to 'legalize' some 600,000 workers - mostly Latin Americans and North Africans - has been roundly criticized by the conservative opposition in Spain.

"We should be extremely strict and firm regarding irregular immigration," Villepin said.

"We cannot make an effort toward integration on the one hand and on the other have a country reduced to the state of a sieve that day after day lets into its territory increasing numbers of irregular immigrants." 

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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