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French Gov't Unveils Asylum Procedure  02/21 06:15

   PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron's government is presenting 
its first big immigration bill, which human rights organizations criticize as 
repressive toward asylum-seekers.

   The government says the bill, to be presented at a Cabinet meeting 
Wednesday, aims at accelerating expulsion of people who don't qualify for 
asylum and offering better conditions for those who are allowed to stay in the 

   The plan will reduce the period of application for asylum to six months 
maximum, down from about one year including appeal.

   Human rights activists say the quicker process will make it more difficult 
for asylum-seekers to defend their rights.

   Official figures show that more than 100,000 people applied for asylum in 
France in 2017, up 17 percent on the year before.

   About 36 percent of applicants were granted refugee status.


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