France has low immigration rate

"The exploitation of people’s worries can become dangerous, like in the 1930s, by using as scapegoats what is easily visible: immigrants and refugees and foreign merchandise"

Professor El Mouhoub Mouhoud, an economist from Paris-Dauphine university, examines migration in his new book L’immigration en France (Fayard).

With the rise of the Front National as well as the UK seeking to cut immigration by almost two-thirds, migration is often in the news. Having reached the second round in the presidentials, the FN was, on writing, the second most popular party in a parliamentary election poll. Oliver Rowland spoke to him about the myths and realities. 

Some thought Marine Le Pen could win the presidency, but she did not. Does that mean that the French are not as concerned about immigration as one might have thought?

The real issue isn’t so much that the French rejected the FN, but the fact that the FN is constantly progressing.

The problem is that fears become rooted and are then exploited by the far right and right.

Part of this is due to the effects of globalisation; or rather the incapacity of the state to respond to it, for example by providing training and helping people to move [to find work] which ...

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