28 October 2018

Civic Service: 5,000 young people to help in welcoming refugees

On 26 October 2018, Minister of State attached to the Minister of the Interior Laurent Nunez launched Volont'R, a civic programme for implementing actions to support the integration of refugees. 5,000 places are planned for young French people and 500 young refugees will be able to take part in the programme.

Change perceptions of migration and encourage the integration of refugees

Portrait of Minister Laurent NunezIn partnership with the Civic Service Agency, the Interministerial Delegation for the Reception and Integration of Refugees (DiAir) designed this programme to help change young people’s perceptions of migration and encourage the integration of refugees. “It is a priority for us: to give foreigners the means to find their place and their autonomy in French society", stated Laurent Nunez.

What missions will be offered to young people?

For young French people, actions will first focus on working together to provide activities at reception or temporary accommodation centres. In practice, this means organising cultural activities for refugees, such as French language learning workshops, accompanied library visits and film showings followed by discussions.

Another aspect of the missions on offer will be to provide assistance with administrative procedures. This includes listening to people, informing residents about their rights, accompanying them in person to help them with any procedures and helping them to open a bank account.

The volunteers will be fully engaged in facilitating the integration of refugees in the French system. They will also help to train refugees in the use of IT tools, particularly to enable them to complete administrative procedures online.

For refugee volunteers, the missions offered will focus on six areas: cultural and leisure activities, education, the environment, memory and citizenship, solidarity and sport. For these young people, the aim is to ease their integration into French society, while undertaking public interest missions and improving their use of French.

1,500 volunteers in 2019

From now on, young people will be able to support welcoming refugees through civic service. On 26 October 2018, the Minister of State, took part in the launch of the major civic service programme “Volont’R” at the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM).

In its first year, Volont’R will offer 1,500 young French people missions to encourage the integration of people who have come to France. But that’s not all: the programme will also be open to 500 young refugees from January 2019. In 2022, 5,000 people will have the opportunity to get involved.

Lasting eight months, the Volont’R missions are open to people between 18 and 25 years of age (and up to 30 years of age for young people with disabilities), without the need for qualifications. Volunteers will receive a monthly allowance of 577 euros.

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