LE SECOURS CATHOLIQUE – CARITAS FRANCE

Marion Osmont

Secours Catholique fights against the causes of poverty, inequality and exclusion, and proposes alternatives to serve the common good. In France, nearly 1.5 million people are supported at 2400 reception centers by Secours Catholique. Its policy principles: act with the people who experience poverty, take time to build relationships and carry out long-term actions.

Migrant people fleeing poverty, war, persecution are particularly vulnerable. They are at the heart of Secours Catholique’s mission.

 

 

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The project

The Secours Catholique volunteers indiscriminately accompany foreigners, either with or without papers, to allow them to satisfy their basic needs: food, health care, shelter. They assist them in their administrative and legal procedures in order to obtain a residence permit, the right to asylum, health care or housing.

The association also works to facilitate integration pathways by providing introductory courses on the French language as well as various workshops (cooking, IT, drama).

Secours Catholique’s also intervenes among Roma families who live in slums in the form of either ad hoc actions (street library events, French lessons) or long-term actions (career counseling and accommodation) and among migrants in Calais.

Our engagement

As a member of the French Coordination for the Right of Asylum (CFDA), Secours Catholique pleads for the decent reception of asylum-seekers, promotes a revision of the Dublin agreements and advocates the recognition of a right to migrate at the international level.

In 2018, our support totaled 4000 €.

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