The original interview with Didier Leschi by Eugénie Bastié was published in French in the Figaro newspaper on 25 November 2020. This translation was done by Michael Scott.

Excerpt: “It is our first-line reception of asylum seekers that has drawn criticism. It is very clear that there is room for improvement. However, we are also faced with the consequences of trying to do things too well… In order to contribute meaningfully to the issue of asylum, the European Union must ensure that decisions are mutually recognised moving forward.”

Didier Leschi is the Director General of the French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII). He is the author of the book Ce grand dérangement. L’immigration en face [This great upheaval. Focus on immigration] (Gallimard, coll. “Tracts”, 2020) and of the study Migrations : la France singulière [Migration: France’s unique position] (Fondation pour l’innovation politique, October 2018).