The government wants a refusal of an asylum application to be worth a deportation order

Gérald Darmanin wants to change the law so that a negative decision from the Ofpra (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) deportation decision, without waiting for a possible appeal to the National Court of Asylum (CNDA).

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The refusal of an asylum application at first instance must be synonymous with automatic expulsion, proposed the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, on Tuesday September 20, during a parliamentary hearing which will bring in the coming months a new asylum and immigration law.

Upstream of this bill which must be tabled in January and which will be the subject of a parliamentary debate at the end of 2022, “on a proposal to the Council of State (…) that when there is a refusal of an asylum application, there should be a concomitant OQTF [obligation de quitter le territoire français] which is issued, or in any case a refusal of a residence permit and a pronounced expulsion”declared Gérald Darmanin before the law commission of the National Assembly.

Concretely, the Minister of the Interior wants to change the law so that a negative decision by the Ofpra (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) is worth a decision of expulsion without even waiting for a possible appeal to the National Court of right of asylum (CNDA). A scenario already possible for foreigners from so-called countries “safe”, such as Albania or Georgia, which the government wants to extend to all asylum seekers.

Gérald Darmanin justified this desire by the courses “delusional” asylum seekers, fulfilling the status of Refugee is refused in “70%” cases but who can use “up to twelve procedures” appeal. “We will reduce the delays”insisted the Minister of the Interior, who also wants a reform of administrative justice, “engorged” by foreigners litigation.

The Minister of the Interior thus wishes “give asylum more quickly to people who really need it” and “say very quickly no to people you don’t want”.

The tenant of Place Beauvau responds to a request from Emmanuel Macron, who had already announced that the presidential election would have allowed the means to keep foreigners whose asylum application had been rejected, by ensuring that “the refusal of asylum will be worth obligation to leave the French territory”.

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