The consequences of the refugee crisis in France
Since 2015, more than 885,000 illegal immigrants took the Western Mediterranean route to reach the European Union. Consequently, France has seen its total number of asylum applications rising since 2015. In 2021, there were a total of 103,164 asylum applications in the country, compared to 57,337 in 2011, few years before the European migrant crisis. More than 33,800 refugees successfully qualified for asylum in France in 2021.
French public opinion on immigration and welcoming refugees
The European migrant crisis has been a sensitive political question not only in France, but in all EU. In a survey from 2018, most of French citizens declared that they did not think that their country had the economic capacity to welcome immigrants. However, they were also a majority to think that it was France’s responsibility to welcome migrants fleeing war and poverty. The European Union recorded 1.1 million asylum applications in 2016, but its welcome policy towards immigration has been criticized in France. That same year more than half of French people thought the EU had an overly generous policy on refugees arriving on the European continent.