Assuring that this was not a government “strategy”, the state acknowledged, on Thursday, “difficulties” in the access of foreigners to the prefectures, through the voice of the interministerial delegate in charge of the reception. and refugee integration (Diair).
The difficulties in making appointments and accessing the prefectures, in particular to renew residence permits, have been the subject of strong protests and multiple legal actions for months on the part of associations as well as nationals. foreigners. The latter denounce administrative obstacles condemning them to live illegally.
An “exceptional” recruitment of 250 people
“Yes, we have difficulties today in making appointments, for reasons that do not relate to a strategy to prevent people from accessing counters” but rather “the functioning of the prefectures” or even of the coronavirus pandemic, explained the Diair, Alain Régnier, heard by the commission of inquiry of the National Assembly on migration. “We work on it on a daily basis,” added the prefect.
In some departments, in particular in Ile-de-France where most of the summary proceedings have been filed before administrative tribunals on the subject in recent months, “difficulties can cause someone to lose a professional opportunity since they do not has not obtained the appointment to renew the title and that the employer is obliged to terminate his contract, ”he still admitted.
In a report published at the end of May, two members of the majority, Stella Dupont (LREM) and Jean-Noël Barrot (MoDem), called for the “exceptional” recruitment of 250 contract workers in the prefectures to “catch up on the backlog accumulated during the health crisis” of Covid-19 in the processing of residence permit applications.