In a Council of State hearing, the Ministry of the Interior announced that 123 migrants have been refused entry to France after being interviewed by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless People (OFPRA).
Charles-Edouard Minet, deputy director of legal advice and litigation at the Ministry of the Interior, said that OFPRA had “issued 66 opinions favourable to admission to the territory.”
The 66 migrants will be relocated to the eleven European countries (Germany, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, and Ireland) that volunteered to receive them after their landing in France, the official added.
Of the 234 migrants rescued by the humanitarian ship, 44 were recognised as minors and are therefore being cared for by the French child welfare system.
The French government, which authorised the Ocean Viking to disembark these migrants in Toulon on an “exceptional basis”, is facing numerous criticisms from right-wing and far-right parties who accuse it of laxity in the face of rising migration flows.