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France: Other Types of Support


r-e-s-o-m-e is a collective of students, teachers, individuals, associations and informal groups, acting side by side with refugees and migrants to foster access to higher education.



La Cimade receives and advises tens of thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and provides legal support to foreigners, assisting them in accessing their rights. La Cimade leads advocacy actions towards decision makers; it informs and raises awareness on migrations among the public opinion. La Cimade works in eight Administrative Retention Centres and provides legal support to foreigners, assisting them in accessing their rights. La Cimade also works in about 75 prisons. La Cimade implements projects for the defence of migrants and refugees’ rights together with partner associations in Southern countries. It also promotes the construction of peace especially in Israel-Palestine. La Cimade makes propositions for a change in the migratory policies.



GISTI (Groupe d'information et de soutien des immigrés) provides information and support to immigrants, an independent non-profit organisation, which through its knowledge of immigration law—French, European, and in some respects international—and its experience of immigration practices, defends foreigners, offers training and publications and participates in the debate on migration policies. GISTI provides assistance in immigration practice, immigration law and other assistance.


France terre d’asile

France terre d'asile promotes all activities favourable to the development of asylum and legal migration, regardless of the political and economic situation. To this end, it has useful contacts and links with the national and international organisations involved in the cause. The organisation undertakes and supports action in favour of refugees. In particular, it participates in the reception of asylum seekers and stateless persons on French territory, recognised refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary and temporary protection and their families. It also promotes the integration of migrants and beneficiaries of family reunification in favour of access to employment, housing and learning French. It welcomes, supports and protects unaccompanied foreign minors, develops and participates in all information and training, advice, audit and external evaluation actions in France and abroad in favour of international protection and the reception of migrant populations. It participates in the support and reintegration in the country of origin of people who wish to return there voluntarily.



Comede (Committee for the health of exiles) was created in 1979 by Cimade, Amnesty International, and the Groupe Accueil Solidarité to promote the health of exiles in France. The activities of the Health Centre, Health Rights Center, and Resource Center of Comede are inseparable to meet the objectives of the association. In 35 years, Comede has hosted more than 100,000 patients of 150 nationalities, refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied foreign minors, and other immigrants/foreigners in precarious living situations and insured specialist services for prevention and care, health checks, access to care, medico-legal expertise and training. Comede works in partnership with professionals and associations of health, social workers, law and administration to meet the objectives of the association. In 2014, the Comede network consisted of 1,000 partners in Ile-de-France, 5,000 readers of Maux d’Exile and 50,000 users of Guide to offer medical, psychological and social support for migrants / foreigners in precarious situations, edited in partnership with the Directorate General for health and INPES.


Forum Réfugiés-Cosi

Forum réfugiés-Cosi is an NGO resulting from the merger in 2012 of Forum réfugiés, created in 1982, and Cosi-promote and defend the rights, created in 1990. It takes action for the reception of refugees and defends the right to asylum in France. It also works in refugees’ countries of origin to promote human rights, the rule of law and democracy.

Activities: reception and support for those who fled their countries, including assistance with housing and medical support, legal expertise for those in retention centres, defence of the right to an asylum and promotion of human rights and the rule of law.


Fédération des acteurs de la solidarité

Fédération des acteurs de la solidarité is a network of organisations which aim to combat exclusion, promote social work, open spaces for exchange between actors in the social sector, and defends the participation of people in situations of exclusion in thinking about public policies that concern them.

The Federation of Solidarity members:

  • combat exclusion, in particular by promoting access to employment and housing,
  • denounce decisions and actions that tend to increase social exclusion and inequality;
  • sensitise public opinion and decision-makers to situations of social exclusion;
  • improve support for people in difficulty;
  • facilitates exchanges, reflection and co-construction of political proposals with member associations and those supported;
  • conduct studies, surveys and polls on people supported, on the evolution of the professions of social integration and on associative life.



Initially a citizen movement, SINGA creates opportunities for refugees and their host communities to meet and cooperate. SINGA's aim is to build bridges between people, encouraging dialogue, fostering cultural enrichment and creating job opportunities. They seek to improve awareness and change perceptions about refugees and asylum seekers.


  • To raise awareness about the issue of asylum in host countries, and to change society’s perception of refugees and their role in the community.
  • To support refugees during their socio-economic integration through a project-based methodology, empowering refugees to take an active part in society.
  • To create opportunities for dialogue and understanding between refugees and other members of society
  • Activities: building a community regardless of the language barrier, organisation of events and support for innovation by connecting migrants with relevant people and organisations in France