1,161 undocumented Moroccan immigrants were forcefully deported from France in 2018.
The same report stated that the cost of forced deportation cost France €500 Million ($564 million), while the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) costs six times less. AVRR is a program aiming at controlling migrants in a humane and orderly manner.
“The number of forced deportation has never been higher in ten years. And their cost to public finances represented half a billion euros last year,” said one government official.
The average cost of forced deportation costs €13,800 ($15,540) per person. Conversely, AVRR costs €2,509 ($2830).
Immigrants who agree to the AVRR program receive €300 to €650 ($336 – $729) per person.
A quarter of them will be the beneficiaries of €2,000 to €7,500 ($2245- $8420), to go towards “reintegration assistance” according to the report.
Albania topped the list with more than 2,112 deported immigrants, followed by Romania – a member of the European Union (EU) – with 1909 deported Romanian immigrants.