The migratory pressure is on the rise again in the south-east of France. Over the first ten months of the year, 26,000 “non-admitted” foreigners were counted there, according to figures provided to Figaro by the Border Police (PAF) of the Alpes-Maritimes.
Over the same period, in 2019 and 2020, the figures fell to 16,000 and 17,000 arrests, due in particular to the health crisis due to Covid-19.
By adding the 4,000 foreigners who have already made their way through, i.e. nearly 4,000 people this year, 30,000 individuals were arrested on the Côte-d’Azur for illegal immigration between the beginning of January and the end of October 2021.
The nationalities of these migrants are mainly Tunisian, Afghan, Sudanese, Ivorian and Algerian.
The year 2021 also broke a record, that of the number of smugglers arrested: 467 were arrested, against 280 in 2017 at the height of recent waves of migration.