Philippe also challenged the state-funded healthcare programme, aide médicale d’Etat, for undocumented workers [Benoit Tessier/Reuters]

Paris, France – French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has declared his support for a series of measures that would tighten the number of migrants allowed into the country, including the possibility of introducing immigration quotas.

“Today, the French asylum system is saturated,” Philippe said in his opening remarks on Monday before the National Assembly.

“The question of being steered by targets and admissions for residency is not a taboo. I’m not afraid of thinking about the idea of quotas.”

Citing government figures, Philippe stated that France saw a 22 percent increase in asylum applications in 2018, while the rest of Europe recorded a 10 percent decrease.