French minister urges immigration control as jobless rate stays high

11:33, June 25, 2011      

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France's Interior Minister Claude Gueant on Friday called for control over immigration flows into the country, which is already struggling to bring jobs to its young people.

"We must control immigration flows if we want our country to keep the social cohesion which it values," the minister told local radio Europe 1.

With its jobless rate above 9 percent and about 2.6 million job seekers, France has no interest in having additional jobless people, Gueant said.

"Every year, 110,000 additional jobseekers enter the labor market and it is not because there are sectors in earnest need of foreign workforce," he added.

Some 11.5 million immigrants and descendants of immigrants live in France, representing 19 percent of the country's 65 million population and nearly 180,000 immigrants flow into France each year, according to data of the High Council for Integration (HCI).

Source: Xinhua
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