French hotels, restaurants look to migrants to fill 100,000 jobs
"We're facing a huge shortage in our sector," Roland Heguy, president of the hotel industry body UMIH, told AFP.
"Companies are finding no one, which is why we want to facilitate the integration of refugees in our businesses," he said.
France, like many developed economies, is struggling to fill low-paid, manual jobs. Turnover is high in the hospitality sector, where kitchen work and cleaning jobs are seen as particularly unattractive by many.
France received a record 100,000 asylum requests in 2017, up 17 per cent from the year before.
An immigration bill passed by parliament last week -- but which President Emmanuel Macron has yet to sign into law -- cuts the waiting time to six months.
The CGT, France's biggest trade union, said it supported the idea of regularising undocumented workers but said employers also needed to try to make low-paid jobs more attractive.(AFP)
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