Migration is the key factor behind widespread rioting in France, says Hungarian expert

Firefighters use a water hose on a burned bus in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, Saturday, July 1, 2023. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
By Dénes Albert
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Immigration in France is leading to street riots, Viktor Marsai, an expert from the Hungarian Migration Research Institute, told M1 News on Sunday afternoon.

“In France, in recent decades, there have been several street riots like the current one, mostly involving young people from immigrant backgrounds who are not integrated into society, do not go to school, have no job, and seek their rights via street demonstrations,” said Marsai.

He added that the integration of second- and third-generation immigrants is also difficult and that those who have arrived in recent years are even more challenging. According to Marsai, the recurrent street riots in France show what a big problem migration is and what a challenge it is to integrate these migrants into French society.

Asked what the EU Commission’s proposed mandatory migrant quota would entail, the expert said: “If the plan is implemented, the number of refugee applications and procedures at the EU’s external borders will increase sharply.”

Last year already, there were more than a quarter of a million illegal entry attempts at Hungary’s southern border, which means more than 100,000 illegal migrants. EU member states are not able to handle this many asylum procedures, Viktor Marsai told the M1 news channel.

The riots in France started after a police officer shot dead 17-year-old French-Algerian criminal Nahel M. in Nanterre on Tuesday for not cooperating at a traffic stop and racing away in his vehicle. According to the French Interior Ministry, on Friday night alone, rioters attacked police stations and gendarmerie barracks dozens of times, wounding 79 police officers and gendarmes; they also set fire to and vandalized some 1,350 vehicles and 266 buildings, including 26 town halls and 24 schools.

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