Zut Alors! The “Forgotten Buffalo” The Undocumented French In Canada

NB Google Translate – Le Figaro – Each year, the Canadian Embassy in Paris issues 6750 Working Holiday work permit (PVT temporary visas a year) at the disposal of the French aged 18 to 35 years. In mid-November 2012, they flew in 48 hours. An Unheard Of Rate! In 2010, it took a month and in 2006 nearly 6 months to use up the entire quota . “There has been a sharp increase in the number of immigrants from Europe. This increase is explained by a higher volume of newcomers (…) of France, “said a very recent note from the Ministry of Immigration of Quebec.

Nearly 4,000 French officially immigrated to Quebec for the first nine months of 2012. They were in 2400 for the same period in 2011. Added to the 6750 “PVTistes” and at least as many expats with other types of temporary visas and 10,000 students in Quebec universities (a figure up sharply). “And this is without counting the French underground.

“I do not have a visa and more news from the Canadian government for a year. I can not work, “says Loïc Kerbrat, a young nurse. With a hundred of ‘Forgotten Buffalo “, as they call themselves, Loïc organized a party in a nightclub in Montreal. One of them onstage. He launches into a long declamation, before concluding: “Our goal is legitimate immigration. We pay our taxes, our bills “… in Canada.

For the record I am all for specific types of French Immigration.