IOM Resettles Syrian Refugees in France
France - Eighteen refugees have been successfully resettled to France through the “Humanitarian Programme for Syrian Refugees”, a joint initiative conducted by the French Government, UNHCR and IOM.
The humanitarian programme announced by the President of the French Republic aims to resettle a total of 500 Syrian refugees in France in 2014. Since January 2014, Syrian refugees have arrived in France from Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
IOM offices in France and in the departure countries have been actively involved in the process and provide support to the refugees, some of whom are very vulnerable.
IOM services include travel documentation, travel arrangements, medical screening and medical escorts, if needed. Cultural orientation sessions are organized prior to departure in coordination with the French authorities to share information about accommodation, education, access to work and access to care.
“IOM’s worldwide presence and experience with resettlement programme management allow us to deliver efficient support to both resettled refugees and governments,” said Sara Abbas, IOM France Head of Office.
The humanitarian programme provides private housing upon arrival and one year of follow-up by social services.
Since 2008, IOM France has assisted with the resettlement to France of more than 2,000 refugees of 30 different nationalities.
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