“The role of the state is not to give in to any kind of pressure. Statement by the French president in French Guiana, a trip to the many stakes in this overseas territory where unemployment and illegal immigration are exploding. Emmanuel Macron reiterated, this Friday, October 27, 2017, that the word of the State would be held, while violence erupted Thursday on the sidelines of the demonstrations. It also announces drastic measures to fight against illegal immigration while the French overseas department is facing an influx of Haitian refugees.
President Emmanuel Macron sought on Friday to reassure the Guyanese by ensuring that the state would respect its commitments while being firm after the clashes occurred the day before.
The demonstrations organized by Pou Lagwiyann in the center of Cayenne degenerated into clashes that lasted several hours in the night. President Macron ” has no respect for us, ” said Davy Rimane, a member of the group. Five people were arrested while a mobile policeman and a police officer were slightly injured during the clashes.
“The Republic does not give in to the hooded people” and the “role of the state ” is not to” give in to any pressure, especially when it does not have the legitimacy democratic, “insisted Emmanuel Macron Friday. “The word of the state will be held,” assured the head of state.
I’m not here to give in to anger. Who was yesterday on the street? Women and men legitimately claiming, but not being violent. You also had people who tried to engage politically against the government, and who lost in elections. And then you have people who are violent, that is, offenders.
A change of method assumed
The president wants to stand out from his predecessors. “What have all my predecessors without exception, whatever their political sensibility? They came, they promised future plans, development plans, police stations, billions of euros. It was very, very well, people were happy, he quipped. They left and they rarely came back during their five-year term because after people said: money does not come.”
Emmanuel Macron wants to break with previous policies, change habits and assume to shower some hopes. “What I promise, I do it. But when I do not know very well I can do something, I do not promise it, he said. So maybe some who were used to big promises and demagoguery are disappointed. I tell them: we are going to change our method because the one we have been doing for decades has not allowed Guyana to succeed.”
Access to the allowance for asylum seekers and RSA will be revised in French Guiana
“The borders of Guyana are not natural borders, they are lines of communication. Migration policy cannot be exercised under the same conditions as for the rest of the national territory, “said President Macron.
For the president, Guyana is too ” attractive ” in terms of social benefits. It targets those who ” are not in obvious need of protection “. Emmanuel Macron wants to set up ” accelerated procedures ” and reduce the length of time an asylum seeker will be able to receive the allowance he is entitled to. It will be only two months, while the state is overwhelmed and the requests take a lot of time to be processed. Between 40 and 50,000 people live in an irregular situation, one-fifth of the population.
Another announcement: it concerns the RSA. The active solidarity income for people without resources. It will now live since not 5, but 15 years in Guyana before benefiting. In the mind of the Head of State, these measures will relieve the administrative system by discouraging candidates for exile.
“To preserve and guarantee the right of asylum in Guyana, it is necessary to implement accelerated procedures for the examination of this unjustified asylum request,” said the head of state. “We can not have a situation where we pay for 12 months, sometimes 24 months the allowance for asylum seekers that is higher than the average wage in all neighboring countries,” he said.