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The Conversation: Macron’s France presents new immigration bill as a centrist compromise – it’s nothing of the sort

Politics and International Relations 8 May 2018

Emmanuel Macron

Dr Itay Lotem, Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Languages and Culture, has written an article for The Conversation on France’s recent approval of a tough new immigration bill.

Dr Lotem explained how the bill, presented as a centrist compromise, exposes in reality “the flaws in the current conversation about immigration and reflects a wider shift to the right of discourse about immigration in France”.

He explained: “The government presented it as ‘centrist’ in two ways. On the one hand, its overall repressive character, with a focus on shortening delays in the processing of asylum requests, was justified through the logic of technocratic efficiency.

“Simultaneously, the government presented the law as a compromise that contained a mixed bag of measures for both the left and right to support and oppose.”

Read the full article on The Conversation website.

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