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Automatic Asylum Policy for Child Migrants Strains on the State Expenses

Population of the newly-arrived child migrants in France has increased considerably in the past few years. The count being 4,000 in 2010 has skyrocketed to as much as 25,000 by the end of 2018. The cost for each child to the French state is between 40,000 and 50,000 euros annually, and their immigrant parents are actively using them as the only means to establish a foothold in France.

The inrush of solitary foreign minors has procured a well-established pattern, with human traffickers transporting these children to European borders, where humanitarian organizations take them into shelter before handing them off to the states, as reported by a leading French Newspaper. However, the pace with which child migrants have arrived has caused a major strain on resources at the local level, with the state required to provide them with food, shelter, education, sanitation, etc.

As per the reports, there were around 4,000 cases of unaccompanied foreign minors in France in 2010. The number rose to 15,000 by 2017. French officials are expecting the number to further increase up to 25,000 by the end of 2018, generating a requirement of approximately 800 million euros in state spending.

Considering the fact that children are automatically granted asylum, they are regarded as the most suited client for smugglers. Moreover, according to the French law, children can invite their parents in France, once they have themselves entered the country. This lures the parents to send their children on a treacherous journey across the Mediterranean, where over 3,100 migrants died in 2017.

In a few cases, the issue of who in real is a child also becomes a serious problem, as young men with no identification and biological features of men in their twenties; claim to be in between 15 and 18, so they could be treated as minors.

As the reports suggest, child migrants pose a significant moral threat, as they serve a jackpot for human traffickers, an unnecessary and expensive burden for the state, and their home country is left without a future generation.

In the last half-decade, France has been one of the majorly hit countries by the surge in illegal immigration in Europe, with more than 323,900 asylum applications registered between 2014 and 2017. Over 1.8 million migrants arrived in Europe from Middle East and Africa in between 2014-2017, creating havoc within the local populations and conflicts between the EU members, as the countries of Central and Eastern Europe refused to accept migrant quotas.

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