Have France and Portugal regularized their undocumented migrants? Sometimes the poison lies in imprecision. And everyone chooses to see noon at their door.
At the end of March, an announcement from the small Iberian country, in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, was taken as an example by many Europeans, calling on their governments to emulate the Portuguese socialists. To protect them during the epidemic, Portugal has decided to grant all foreigners who have applied for a residence permit before March 18, including asylum seekers, the same rights as Portuguese residents. But immigrants will have to renew their requests for the right to stay on July 1, at the end of these three and a half months break.
What some have not understood. Or omitted to specify. Asked about the subject, Christophe Castaner told him that France had done exactly the same thing as its European neighbor. On France Inter, the Minister of the Interior explained: ” To put it simply, we did as in Portugal, but before Portugal. France has indeed extended for 90 days the validity of all residence permits expiring during the epidemic, including certificates of asylum application, or temporary residence permits. The decree was published two days before the Portuguese text. But that does not mean that the measurement is the same.
In France, for example, asylum seekers are not allowed to work during the first six months of processing their application. And that does not change. In Portugal, asylum seekers now have exactly the same rights as all residents. Right to work, therefore, but also to unemployment or certain social benefits, impossible to obtain in France without having refugee status. A real regularization therefore, but which is only temporary.
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