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(en) France, Alternative libertaire #221 - Mayotte: Out with the exception policies (fr) [machine translation]
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:25:35 +0200
Indian Ocean island, Mayotte, like other Dom, is marked by the discount on migration
issues. The arrival of a leftist government may well not change that much ... Mayotte,
island of the Comoros archipelago, has been marked in recent months by several dramas that
illustrate the fact that the policy of France settled there around specific provisions in
this area, provisions are inconsistent respect the most basic human rights. The new
Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, decided by a circular dated July 7, 2012, to end the
detention of families and therefore children in detention centers, offering instead house
arrest for families. But this shall not apply in Mayotte, a territory which is not
governed by the code of entry and residence of foreigners, but by a law of exception.
Therefore, children continue to be detained and deported in Mayotte.
Children in detention
The death of an infant two months detention center Pamandzi, August 16, then came to
remember the cruelty and cynicism of maintaining this exception, if need be. The minister
then explained that the situation warranted this Mayotte sprain.
As stated in the Cimade expulsion involved almost 6000 children in Mayotte in 2010, a
figure which could gloat the prefect of the time, in defiance of the law [ 1 ]. And it is
unfortunately topical, as the means deployed to monitor the inlet between Mayotte and
Anjouan, Comoros Island nearest distance of about 60 km.
However, with the departmentalization of Mayotte, canceling this policy drastically
possibilities of movement between the islands of the archipelago, may well increase
tension between populations and feed major setbacks.
The living conditions of migrants and migrant, having virtually no possibility of
regularization against an administration increasingly suspicious, and trying to escape
controls more frequent, leading to accept many clandestine employment . Hardening of
status differences between Mayotte and French Mahoran and migrants actually created the
conditions for a volatile situation, completing the break family and social ties that
existed between the islands yet.
Towards the end of Balladur visa?
Posted July 18, 2012, the report Sueur, the Senator of Loiret, book proposals for various
Mayotte [ 2 ], whose No. 24, which calls for "ending" Balladur visa "that has no ending
illegal immigration and substitute an award visas more realistic and rigorous in order to
better control immigration. "
This proposal, marked with the seal of realism, yet provoked opposition from some local
elites. Years of repressive policies have indeed widened absurd significant differences
among populations, where the soil sowing practices of rejection and stigmatization ...
Hopefully dissenting voices will be heard on the island in favor of measures to prevent
the continuation of such forms of legal exceptions, serious consequences in terms of human
VB (AL 93)
[ 1 ] See www.cimade.org and specifications Special Common Causes, "Mayotte, tear," July
2012. See also the paper Upanga: www.upanga.com.
[ 2 ] See "Mayotte: a new department faces serious challenges" on www.senat.fr
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