”The OFII is now considering around 80,000 asylum requests [there were 85,726 such applications in 2016, which is 13.3 percent more than in 2015], and only 5 percent or so return home,” Francois Guennocs told told Sputnik France.
”The French authorities are not doing enough to accommodate and protect incoming migrants, both adults and children. This measure will not solve the problem of accommodating migrants in France,” he added.
Earlier, Intrior Minister Gerard Collomb announced that the government allowance to refugees exiting the country would be raised from €1,000 to €2,500 before December 31, 2017.
”Some migrants leave because they are not happy with the conditions offered them in Europe. Others move out because the situation in their home countries has improved. Still others leave because they are exhausted and desperate. That’s what we had in Calais before the [Jungle] camp was dismantled last fall: up to 30 Afghans and some Pakistanis agreed to return home each week,” Francois Guennoc continued.
He added that with €2,500 in their pockets, the migrants would no longer be forced to go back home empty-handed and would even be able to start a business in their home countries.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants have been arriving in Europe hoping to escape conflict and poverty in their home countries.
According to the French Interior Ministry's July 11 press release, France received 85,726 asylum requests in 2016, an increase in comparison to 80,075 demands in 2015.