A month after the government unveiled the main lines of its immigration bill, Thierry Marx in turn interferes in the debate on immigration.

The starred chef, president of the main employers' union in the hotel and catering industry, Umih, calls for the regularization of foreign employees in the sector "recognized for their skills", in an interview with

the Sunday newspaper


The draft law on immigration provides in particular for the creation of a “short-term job” residence permit, to recruit in sectors where there is a labor shortage.

The text must be studied by parliamentarians in 2023.

“200,000 unfilled positions” in catering

“Our sector, catering, should already be considered to be under recruitment pressure!

We have 200,000 unfilled vacancies and surprisingly they are not on the list for recruiting foreign staff.

Same thing for the hotel industry (…)”, protests Thierry Marx.

The sector is indeed facing recruitment difficulties increased by the pandemic and the needs will increase further, according to the media starred chef who was very active and listened to by the public authorities during the health crisis.

"When you're looking for pastry chefs or cooks and you can't find any in France, you have to look elsewhere," he explains.

"We are asking for a rapid regularization of our foreign employees recognized for their skills and who find themselves immersed in illegality overnight", abounds Thierry Marx, insisting on this long-standing request from Umih, a union at the head of which he was elected at the end of October.

He denounces in particular the “administrative delays” or suspensions of residence permits without justification and the fragility of certain small businesses in the face of this uncertainty.

"Creating a residence permit for jobs in tension would facilitate the process and secure companies", he adds, highlighting the rapid increase in skills for employees in the sector but also the dependence of others, such as the construction industry. , to foreign employees.

“To confuse security issues with issues of integrating people who do not commit offenses and who are a vital force for companies does not seem to me to be the right method.

You know, in the kitchen, mixing everything does not necessarily make a good dish,” he concludes.


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