France information, useful links, websites, chat groups

Here below you can find lists of links to websites and to social media about living in Italy for everyone, especially migrants and refugees. All this information about Italy covers the whole country on multiple aspects like travel, asylum, housing, education, healthcare, employment, money and aid.

France information, useful links, websites, chat groups

Refugee guide in France

Overview of France/services

http://samsam.guide/ (French,English)

http://samsam.guide/en/ – English

W2eu.info – Welcome to Europe

For freedom of movement: Independent information for refugees and migrants coming to Europe

http://www.w2eu.info/france.en.html  (English)

http://www.w2eu.info/france.ar.html (Arabic)

http://www.w2eu.info/france.fa.html  (Farsi)

http://www.w2eu.info/france.fr.html (French)

Rights in Exile Programme

List of pro bono legal assistance providers is a directory of organizations, lawyers, and others who are able to assist refugees free-of-charge in legal matters and help secure refugee rights. This list may also be of use to legal providers assembling and arguing cases elsewhere in the world for information on country of origin, case development, and other help.


France useful links, unaccompanied minors, young people, children

Foreign minor FAQs – MINEURS ISOLÉS ÉTRANGERS – FAQ (French)

Frequent Asked Questions for foreign minors, children and young people.


France useful links, women, men, LGBTQ+, elderly, disability, minorities, diasporas


Defend the rights to stay and asylum of foreign homosexuals and transsexuals in France.

https://ardhis.org/WP3/ (French)

https://www.facebook.com/Ardhis-366895103365555/ (French)

CQFD Fierté Lesbienne 

Defend the rights to stay and asylum of foreign homosexuals and transsexuals in France.

http://www.coordinationlesbienne.org/spip.php?article317 (French)

France useful links, education, school, university, enrolment


Thot: Free classes, registration now available in August 2017:

We got in contact with team@wintegreat.org for french class placement in either science po university or one of wintegreat partner universities for 2017-2018 school year, also free service.


This note was written on May 16 ,2017. The courses in the PDF happen weekly and are free in France, however they are subject to change. If in doubt contact baam.francais@gmail.com, or go to Grans Voisins at the foot of the Pinard residence (82 avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris) the woman I spoke to is there every Thursday from 4 to 7.



Education FAQs/support

[Brief Description of what this resources is about, write keyword in as many languages as you can so to make it more easily searchable]


France useful links, visa, asylum, travel documents, passports, identity cards

Applying for asylum in France

The asylum application procedure was modified in 2015. Despite politicians’ speeches promising simplification, it is still a complicated process and is sometimes difficult to comprehend (asylum procedure – reform).
This initiative is all the more urgent given the hundreds of migrants and refugees who are receiving little assistance both with regard to their material needs and the level of administrative and legal assistance. Some 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 lodgings only being offered to a limited number of people.
The aim of these factsheets is to provide the information required to submit an asylum application, to assert your rights and to avoid falling into the traps laid out by the French administration.

http://www.gisti.org/spip.php?article5221&quoi=tout (English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Oromo, Tigrinya)

Resettlement Process

For learning more about the resettlement process and actors in France-

Ministère de l’Intérieur, Immigration, asile, accueil et accompagnement des étrangers en France

Official Home Office Website, only in French apparently

https://www.immigration.interieur.gouv.fr/ (French)

Guide du demandeur d’asile en France

Guide for asylum Seekers in France, it’s from the french home office website.

(French, English, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, Creole/Haitian, Spanish, Georgian, Lingala, Mongolian, Urdu, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish)

Beginning the asylum process in France

Some info written by volunteers about applying for information in France, it’s mainly about Paris Region (Ile de France) but there are some good links.

Link to the doc in the France Resources Asylum folder

Aida – Asylum Information Database Report

Mapping asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of protection in Europe


Cour National du Droit d’Asile (French Asylum Court)

That’s the french court who judges asylum cases. The practices and procedures are all in this website, with a bit of patience and Google Translate is possible to find good info.

http://www.cnda.fr/ (only in French but feasible with G Translate)

Association Pierre Claver

Legal, Advocacy,  Housing. Lawyers and volunteer lawyers willing to help those displaced by force from their home country and taking refuge in France, especially asylum seekers within the meaning of French law and international levels.

28 bis rue de Bourgogne
75007, Paris
T: 01 45 55 57 41
E: associationpierreclaver@orange.fr


Asylum seekers frequently asked questions FAQs ( French )


Refugees (already granted protection) frequently asked questions FAQs ( French )


Protection for minors and children refugees in France

Subject to Whim

The Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in the French Hautes-Alpes


OFPRA has sought to improve the protection of unaccompanied children seeking asylum.


UNCHR in order to improve and enhance the protection and care of refugee children.


Health of refugee and migrant children  : WHO


France useful links, local information, capital, cities and regions

Centre d’accueil de demandeurs d’asile (CADA) en région Ile-de-France

Here is an map of official Asylum-seeker reception centers in the Paris Region:








Centers of Counselling and Support – health, Customized care, Dentists, Food Distribution, Hospitals, Laundry Service, Legal Counselling, Psychiatry, Shower 

35, avenue Courteline 75012 – Paris
T: 01 41 74 88 10 

Les ESI à Paris – Paris.fr


The above image was taken at Vertical’Art Le Mans in Le Mans, France. Photo by Bastien Plu on Unsplash


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