TALENTS Project in Paris: Better integrate refugees and migrants in our societies

[Original article in French here]

On Wednesday, January 18th, in the Maison d’Europe, France Bénévolat organised a thrilling conference on “How to better integrate refugees and migrants in our societies”. Many European actors from Norway, Sweden, Germany, but also politicians, administrative officers, associations, volunteers presented their innovative ways to welcome refugees with, for instance, the self-government of refugee camps refugees themselves.

One of the objectives of this conference is to favour cooperation between every local actor to answer the diversity of needs in the welcoming of refugees. Also, we wanted to highlight the implications of refugees as co-actors of their own integration.

France Bénévolat organised this day from the reflections on the subject by the Commission Inter Associative. This process led to four capital conditions for the sustainable effectiveness of welcoming:

  1. Coherence and strength of action, brought by associations
  2. Inter-organisational work, in order to answer the diversity of needs on welcoming
  3. Cooperation between every local actor to mobilise tools
  4. Direct implication of refugees as co-actors of their own integration

The knowledge of innovative steps and experience must open ne chances for refugee camps and invite active citizenship in both people and migrants.

Many volunteers are working right now with the support of local teams in Grenoble, Nantes, Tours, Paris, Rennes and elsewhere in France.

During this event, France Bénévolat et out a programme based on the best practices identified in France and in the whole Europe, as previously done for other themes.

Discover and rediscover the innovative actions of the speakers

Welcome systems ad innnovative animations

In Sweden

In Germany

Welcoming of refugees in Baden-Württemberg and Stuttgart by Gari Pavkovic, Commissioner for Integration in the City of Stuttgart

In Norway

Welcoming of refugees in Oslo by  Petter Yttereng, Curator of establishment Rosenholf and Eva Bech, Professor

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Unaccompanied minors:

  • By Yousef Ajaj, Member of an association fighting for unaccompanied minors
  • By Gari Pavkovic, Commissioner for Integration in the City of Stuttgart

Zoom in on France and Paris

The conference was held in front of:

Pascal Brice, Director General of the French office for the protection of refugees and stateless people (OFPRA)

Madame Anne-Charlotte Leluc, Consellor for refugees in the cabinet of Dominique Versini, in the City of Paris.

Useful docs to set the scene and deepen the concepts proposed above:

 

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