The Protestant Mutual Aid Federation relaunches “humanitarian corridors” and welcomes 23 refugees from Lebanon

Yesterday, Thursday, November 11, five Lebanese families were welcomed by the Protestant Mutual Aid Federation. An approach which "is part of the long tradition of French Protestantism hospitality towards exiled people".

On November 5, the Fédération de l'Entraide Protestante (FEP) and the Protestant Federation of France (FPF) announced the signing of a new memorandum of understanding with the State to allow the reception of 300 Lebanese refugees in France over three years. This protocol extends an initial agreement known as “Humanitarian corridors”, signed in 2017.

Thanks to the mobilization of hundreds of citizen groups, refugees hosted in France will be able to benefit from free accommodation, support in their efforts to learn French culture as well as support in their administrative procedures.

An action that began Thursday, November 11 with the reception of 23 refugees from Lebanon. The five Lebanese families arrived yesterday at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and were received by the collectives of the Protestant Mutual Aid Federation in the presence of several volunteers and the president of the Protestant Federation of France, François Clavairoly.

The refugees will be received by voluntary hosts all over France: in Strasbourg, in the Rhône, in Saint-Agrève and in Vigan.

The Protestant Federation of France, which supports this project, recalls on his website that this initiative, which intends to demonstrate "that a dignified welcome for people is possible", "is part of the long tradition of hospitality of French Protestantism towards exiled people, throughout history".

Camille Westphal Perrier

Article originally published in November 2021.

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