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France to present new measures to tackle migration crisis

Staff Writer | July 5, 2017
France will present new measures next week to handle the Europe-wide migration crisis and reform asylum procedures "to honor France's tradition of hosting refugees," Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
Edouard Philippe
Immigrants   France has promised to take in 30,000 refugees
In an address to the National Assembly, Philippe noted that "France has been incapable of meeting its legal and moral obligations" with respect to the refugee issue.

In order to overcome the "migration challenge," the French government is set to unveil more tools to fight illegal migration and facilitate procedures for asylum seekers with a "requirement of dignity," he said.

Philippe pledged to reduce the average time to process asylum requests from 14 months to six months and improve cooperation with European neighbors to fix the issue.

By the end of June, a total of 95,768 migrants and refugees had entered Europe by sea, with the majority of them flooding into Italy, Greece and Spain, figures released by the International Organization for Migration showed.

France has already promised to take in 30,000 refugees by 2017.