The umpteenth ministerial visit to the young French department and the umpteenth ministerial commitment, heart on hand, to fight illegal immigration.
But this time, it is certain, sworn-spoken, the State would take things in hand. Consider the measures announced by Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior: questioning the right to land, opening a detention center for minors (in fact an experimental facility for a dozen young offenders), and above all strengthening the means to fight illegal immigration.
For about thirty years now, Parisian officials have been regularly visiting Mayotte to repeat the same recipes that have already proven ineffective.
However, local elected officials, journalists and informed observers have been telling the authorities for a long time what the solution is to curb this unbridled immigration, which is the cause of all the social, economic and environmental imbalances: regional cooperation and development aid to the Comoros, which is only 60 kilometers from Mayotte.
President Macron seemed to have understood this by granting in 2019 an aid of 150 million euros to the Comorians (yes you read correctly: 150 million), in exchange for an effective fight against illegal emigration. Condition never respected by the Comorian authorities as one might expect.
On the third day of the ministers’ visit (Darmanin came in force, accompanied by Jean François Carenco, Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories in charge of Overseas Territories, and Charlotte Caubel, Secretary of State to the Prime Minister, in charge of Children), not a word about this financial windfall, which could have directly benefited the population of Mayotte, which is the poorest in France.
Mayotte is the largest maternity hospital in France with about 12,000 births per year, mostly of foreign origin. It is also the world record for deportations (with about 25 to 30,000 deportations in good years). Look for the error!
Photography : LNM