France committed to resettling refugees

Refugees – Global Compact on Refugees – Press release issued by the Ministry of the Interior

Paris, 17 December 2019

Today, exactly a year after the adoption of the Global Compact on Refugees, the first Global Refugee Forum is being held in Geneva, during which countries present their pledges for a better sharing of responsibilities towards refugees around the world.

France intends to play its full role in the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and emphasizes the importance it attaches to the right of asylum and to taking in refugees.

In addition to taking in asylum seekers who spontaneously present themselves on its soil, France has made active efforts since 2017 to provide those in the world who need protection with other safe and legal access routes to its territory.

Resettling refugees is one of the paths whereby we can bring refugees to France legally, without them risking journeys which sometimes cost their lives. It is about welcoming people previously identified by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as being in need of protection and who are in a first country of asylum where they have few prospects of integration, particularly due to their vulnerability (health problems, problems of access to employment or education). The refugees concerned are interviewed in their country of residence (Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Niger and Chad) by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA), which guarantees their eligibility for the programme, then welcomed to France by specialized voluntary organizations. Resettlement is led in France by the Ministry of the Interior, in coordination with the UNHCR and with the support of the Interministerial Delegation for the Reception and Integration of Refugees (DiAir).

The French President pledged in 2017 that, by the end of 2019, France would resettle 10,000 refugees, 70% of them from Syria and the rest from sub-Saharan Africa.

As of 17 December 2019, the number of refugees resettled was 9,783. By the end of the year, the resettlement target set will be achieved. With this record, France can now be proud of becoming one of the world’s leading resettlement countries and the leader in Europe over the 2018-2019 period.

This commitment by France to protection missions and to resettling refugees will be continued and updated over the next two years./.

Published on 19/12/2019

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