Departments alert on the issue of unaccompanied foreign minors | EUROtoday

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After a drop linked to the well being disaster, the arrivals of unaccompanied foreign minors have resumed in the territory. In the Alpes-Maritimes, there have been 5,600 folks crossing the border since the begin of the yr, in comparison with 3,400 at the identical date in 2022, figures put ahead by the native authority. Enough to push the departments, answerable for their reception beneath social help for youngsters (ASE), to alert them to the saturation of their reception capacities. In a decision adopted unanimously on Wednesday October 11, the Assembly of French Departments (ADF) requested the authorities for a number of regulatory modifications, notably in issues of immigration. “We call on the State to assume its responsibilities. The departments have been calling for help for months”underlines François Sauvadet (UDI), president of the ADF.

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Unaccompanied foreign minors, as kids disadvantaged of household safety, are taken care of by the departments. On their arrival in France, they’re topic to a minority evaluation. In the meantime, the division is answerable for their shelter. The quantity of unaccompanied minors taken into care in the nation – nearly 44,000 by the finish of the yr, the departments say, whereas the quantity of minors – now exceeds the 2018 peak. “But, at the time, we didn’t have all the indicators red”, warns the president of the ADF. Rising prices linked to inflation, continued enhance in little one placements and generalization of help for 18-21 yr olds since the Taquet legislation of 2022: the yr 2023 proves vital for the ASE, which follows extra of 370,000 kids in France.

“The current crisis caused by unaccompanied minors has embolized a system already under extreme tension, sometimes leading presidents [de départements] not being able to execute investment decisions for which they are criminally accountable”, alerts the ADF in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister.

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“When social workers are mobilized at the border, they are lacking in the rest of the services, believes Charles-Ange Ginésy (Les Républicains, LR), president of the Alpes-Maritimes. Human and financial resources cannot be extended, especially since the department lacks fiscal levers. » Martine Vassal (LR), president of Bouches-du-Rhône, hopes that the subject will be addressed during the immigration bill, which allows the right to raise the stakes on these questions and must be examined in the Senate at from November 6. “We are asked to manage the migratory flow, even though this is not our competence”she regrets.

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