The new government of France wants to try a market solution to its immigration/assimilation problems:
New immigration minister, Brice Hortefeux, confirmed on Wednesday that the government is planning to offer incentives to more immigrants to return home voluntarily. "We must increase this measure to help voluntary return. I am very clearly committed to doing that," Hortefeux said in an interview with RFI radio.
Under the scheme, Paris will provide each family with a nest egg of €6,000 ($8,000) for when they go back to their country of origin. A similar scheme, which was introduced in 2005 and 2006, was taken up by around 3,000 families.
Hortefeux, who heads up the new "super-ministery" of immigration, integration, national identity and co-development, said he wants to pursue a "firm but humane" immigration policy.
It reminds me very strongly of the "Sailer Scheme" proposed by Steve Sailer, written up on a site that, I'm guessing, French bureaucrats aren't constantly refreshing. But Sailer proposed more money and wanted to use penalties to push even more immigrants back to their countries of origin.
Is it a good idea? Aside from being a total cop-out from legislators who've given up on assimilating their immigrant population, and aside from—presumably—needing a rigorous system of biometric identification to work properly then, sure.