October 10, 2007

French DNA Bill Stirs Anti-Immigrant Fears

If a French bill becomes law, any immigrant seeking to join relatives in France will have the option of taking a DNA test to prove they are related.

The controversial bill is described as voluntary, but opponents say they fear anyone who refuses will be discriminated against when they apply, and that the law has been proposed to stir up anti-immigrant sentiment ahead of municipal elections.

The legislation also requires would-be immigrants to prove their understanding of the French language and cultural values, and that their family can support them and earn minimum wage.

Sources

“France: Senate backs controversial migrant DNA tests”
ADNKronos, October 4, 2007

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