The “Welcome to France” guide was written by the Welcome to Europe network, formed by hundreds of activists and groups who, since 2009, have been providing direct support to migrants and refugees, promoting freedom of movement and equal rights for all.
This guide aims to provide practical and legal information for people in a migration situation in France as well as support contacts in different cities and regions of France according to different themes. This guide is free of charge. Among us, who wrote and distribute it, there are no representatives of governments, police, United Nations or government-funded organisations. We are all activists, independent groups and associations. This version of the guide was written in 2019 and by the time you read it there may have been some changes. In any case, your human rights will always remain the same.
The asylum procedure was changed in 2019. Despite the politicians’ speeches promising simplification, it is still a complicated process and sometimes difficult to understand. In our opinion, this guide is even more important as hundreds of migrants and refugees receive little assistance with their material needs and little administrative and legal assistance. Some people have been sent to centres where, for the most part, they have no access to assistance. Others are still in a vulnerable situation, living on the streets, with accommodation being offered only to a limited number of people.
The aim of this guide is to provide the information you need to file an asylum application, to assert your rights, and to avoid falling into the traps set by the French administration.