Readers interested in the fate of quantified performance can have a look here at the performance targets which accompany the 2009 budget for the French Ministry of Immigration and National Identity (a gem of Sarkozy’s France, already blogged about here). The number of actual deportations (“nombre de mesures de reconduites effectives à la frontière”) should increase to 30,000 for next year. (On the problem of the sinister naming of managerial devices, check out also the meaning of the acronym GESTEL, the database upon which this counting is done here: it looks like it stands for “gestion de l’éloignement” that is, “management of estrangement” or “management of the taking away”.)

Well, national deportation statisticians should actually be thanked. They provided a quite astonishing slogan for the recent donation campaign for the CIMADE (a French organization helping migrants held in detention centers): “behind this figure, lives are shattered!”.


  1. foamsociety

    This must be one of the few performance targets the French state is currently meeting…

    There is an interesting discussion going on in the United States right now: some are proposing that all deportation orders for ‘illegal immigrants’ be cancelled, especially in California, to help resucitate the housing market. Apparently many of the people being sent back to Mexico were the ones propping up house prices in the areas hit hardest by the downturn. Keeping them in the country might help stabilize the market.




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