France welcomes 27 Yazidi families from Iraq

Twenty-seven Yazidi families, previously victims of Daesh, welcomed in France – Press release issued by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior

Paris, 20 November 2019

On 20 November, France welcomed 27 Yazidi women who were victims of Daesh [so-called ISIL], accompanied by their children. A flight from Erbil coordinated and funded by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and operated by the International Organization for Migration landed early this afternoon at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Following previous operations coordinated by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in partnership with agencies from the Ministry of the Interior that enabled us to take in 16 families on 19 December 2018, 28 families on 22 May this year, and 31 families on 8 August, the arrival of these 27 families marks the fulfilment of President Macron’s pledge to 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad to welcome 100 Yazidi families – the victims of crimes committed by Daesh – to France.

These families, who were particularly impacted by the abuses of the terrorist organization, will be resettled in different French départements. With the help of several government agencies, France will guarantee them protection, security, education, and medical and social support.

This move reflects France’s renewed determination to establish facilities, in partnership with the Iraqi authorities, that welcome victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East. At the same time, France is taking steps with these populations in Iraq to restore suitable living conditions on the ground and help rebuild areas liberated from Daesh control./.

Published on 04/02/2020

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