Message to the President Elect
For more than two years, the student association Sciences Po Refugee Help has worked alongside persons seeking asylum or having obtained the refugee status. We provide urgent material needs, legal aid, and offer french lessons and social activities to those living in Paris’ streets and emergency housing centres. Our mandate is simple: to ensure that the right to asylum is upheld, and the dignity of those individuals concerned, respected. On the eve of your ascension to power, we wished to provide you with an overview of the situation as observed it on the ground, with a particular focus on the past few weeks.
On the streets:
In emergency housing centres:
In the courts:
In conclusion, the implementation of the right to asylum in France continues to suffer from a lack of means and communication between state and non-state actors. The complexity of the asylum procedure, as well as the legal incoherence surrounding certain themes, has created a rift between the legal framework and its real-life application. This rift directly impacts the dignity and day to day life of those persons who have asked France to protect them.
Sciences Po Refugee Help hopes that the incoming government will take these concerns into account, and remains available for any requests for additional information regarding the points raised above. Above all, we will continue our work to uphold the right to asylum, and the dignity of those persons concerned by its application.
* Réseau Européen des Migrations, L’organisation des structures d’accueil pour demandeurs d’asile en France. October 2013.