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Has France lied about the number of OQTFs issued for Algerian nationals?

“Moussa Darmanin has built a big lie. “ In an interview with several Algerian media on Sunday, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune accused Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin (calling him by his middle name) of lying about the number of illegal Algerian immigrants subject to leave obligations. the French territory (OQTF).

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“There have never been 7,000 irregular migrants of Algerian nationality. France has never mentioned more than 94 cases ”, said President Tebboune. According to him, “21 were authorized to return to Algeria, 16 were outright turned back and will never enter Algeria because of their involvement in terrorism”.

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So what is it? “Since January, 7,735 OQTF have been pronounced against Algerian nationals, who must therefore be expelled”, affirms to “Obs” the Ministry of the Interior, this Monday, October 11. This is 47% more than the same period in 2020. “The list to which President Tebboune refers corresponds to the ultra-priority profiles, those on file for radicalization and which we consider to be the most dangerous, which we want to send back as soon as possible”, sweep the Place Beauvau.

However, according to the Ministry of the Interior, only ” thirty “ consular passes have been issued since January, 90% less than between January and July 2020. The document is required to set up an expulsion. However, according to the executive, Algeria (as well as Morocco and Tunisia) ” refuse ” to deliver the famous sesames. ” It’s not acceptable “, slice the ministry.

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Result, the number of “Forced returns executed” is down for Algeria, where the drop is 94% between 2021 and 2020: only 22 Algerians were sent back between January and July, against 385 over the same period of 2020 and 1,677 in 2019. In 2021, the rate remoteness, i.e. the ratio between the number of people under OQTF and the number of people actually deported, fell to 0.3%, from 18% in 2019.

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In retaliation, France decided to tighten the conditions for obtaining visas with regard to Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. A decision six months before the presidential election which has considerably strained relations between Paris with the countries concerned.

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