Spreading the dream of migrants in France
African immigrants have long crossed the Franco-Spanish border into the Basque Country, whether on foot, by train or by hiding in trucks. But since 2020, according to the border police (PAF), more and more of them are crossing the Pyrénées-Orientales.
Nasir (assumed name), is an Algerian who came to France four months ago to “offer a better future” to his daughter, he told AFP. Today, this former worker of the Hirac movement, after spending nights under the stars, lives in a makeshift squat in Perpignan. “I spent the equivalent of 3,000 euros to cross the zodiac in Almeria, Spain. We’ve been there almost as many times… ”he said wryly. “I did not come to France to beg. We are called thieves, when I only dreamed of one thing that I could honestly work on. But there is nothing for us here, nothing. At home I was unemployed and I was told there would be work here. Or? What work? I got nothing, ”Nasir lamented.
“They realize that they condemn a life of hiding. This observation of failure is a very difficult moment, not for themselves, their family, but also for the authorities because an illegal migrant who returns to Algeria is imprisoned. Can be punished ”, the Association turns to Jacques Olean de la Simade to protect the rights of refugees and migrants who specify that these migrants have no other choice but to take the secret route back to Eastern Algeria, even if the country announced a partial opening of its borders in June, more than a year due to a closed health crisis.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 40,106 migrants from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa reached Spain by sea in 2020, against 26,168 in 2019, representing a “significant increase in migratory flows. »By more than 53%. For Christian Gru, the mayor of the border village of Cerbeyer. “Several dozen illegal foreigners enter Perpignon every day” from Spain, having already alerted Mayor Louis Eliot in a letter to President Emanuel Macron in November.
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