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France cannot become ‘appeals court for migrants’ warns Macron ally

October 22, 2018 5:17 PM
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FRANCE’S Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Sunday that France did not want to serve as an “appeals court” for asylum seekers who have already been rejected by its European neighbours.  

“We want to reinforce police presence on the France-Spain border and improve dialogue with Spanish border officials,” he said, before expressing concern over the sharp increase in the number of unauthorised migrants arriving in Spain from Africa.

Some 48,000 people have arrived by sea on Spain’s southern coast since January, making it Europe’s top destination for migrants.

“Migration flows to Spain have increased by 155 per cent this year,” Mr Castaner said, adding that the number of illegal immigrants turned away at the French-Spanish border had increased by 60 per cent.


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