MSF, Doctors Without Borders, view of France
In France, we work with migrants and refugees, who encounter policies and practices aimed at preventing them from settling or claiming their rights.

Unaccompanied minors are among the most vulnerable, finding themselves confronted by a lack of information and a maze of administrative bureaucracy. We work in a day centre for unaccompanied minors in Pantin, in the suburbs of Paris, offering respite, medical care and administrative support.

Our teams also run mobile clinics for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Paris and monitor the situation throughout the country.


Our activities in 2022 in France

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF IN FRANCE IN 2022 In France, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) runs a range of activities to assist refugees and migrants – in particular unaccompanied minors – affected by increasingly dissuasive EU policies.

In cooperation with other organisations, we continued to run a day centre in Pantin, a suburb of Paris, where we provide medical and psychological support, cultural mediation, and legal and social assistance to unaccompanied minors whose applications for protection had been turned down by the authorities.

We also advocated better access to healthcare, alerting local authorities to the consequences of precarious living conditions on children’s health. Our teams cared for an increasing number of vulnerable unaccompanied girls, some of whom were pregnant, who had been denied assistance by social services and left without any protection.

We continued to run mobile clinics in the suburbs of the capital to provide medical consultations, cultural mediation and social support to people living in unsafe conditions, including migrants and unaccompanied minors. These clinics worked as a medical and humanitarian surveillance tool in migrant camps, as they facilitated early detection of medical and humanitarian needs, to which we could alert the local health authorities.

During the winter, we assisted hundreds of unaccompanied minors who were sleeping on the streets. We also provided logistical and financial support to local organisations and agencies that assist minors who are homeless on a daily basis by distributing tents and relief items, such as blankets and clothing, to help them cope with the cold.

Another mobile team provided support to unaccompanied minors living in state-provided accommodation to ensure that they had access to legal information on their appeal procedure and to help with any follow-up.

In Marseille, we continued to offer multi-disciplinary support to unaccompanied minors with mental and physical vulnerabilities in our 20-bed shelter. We also ran outreach activities and offered logistical and financial support to local organisations working with people in vulnerable circumstances.

IN 2022

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