The French government is scrambling to meet Macron’s deadline to get migrants off the streets by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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Asylum claims in France hit a record 100,000 last year, official figures showed Monday, as President Emmanuel Macron's government draws up hotly-debated new legislation on immigration.Officials said the rate of arrivals was "historic," with Albanians forming the biggest group of applicants despite their country being considered safe by France. Albanians made up the biggest group applying for asylum in France last year -- some 7,600 adults, almost all of them set to be sent home because their home country is considered "safe".Albania announced an action plan in July to fight trafficking, with France complaining that too many spaces in its refuges are taken up by Albanians who will never be granted asylum.
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