Will trim migrants quota says Sarkozy
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday said if re-elected, he would cut immigration flow to half.
Paris: French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday said if re-elected, he would cut immigration flow to half.
"Our system of integration is working more and more badly, because we have too many foreigners on our territory and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school," Sarkozy told the government-run TV channel France 2.
Defending his re-election campaign promise to ease immigrants flows, Sarkozy targeted to cut the number of new arrivals to about 100,000 immigrants over the next five years from 180,000 received currently in order "to revive with favourable conditions the integration", reported Xinhua.
According to figures provided by the High Council for Integration (HCI), 11.5 million immigrants or children of immigrants live in France, representing 19 percent of the country`s 65 million population and nearly 180,000 people arrive in France each year.