Country Report

Country Report: FranceLast updated: 13/02/18


Forum Réfugiés - Cosi

This report was written and updated by Claire Salignat, Advocacy Officer at Forum réfugiés – Cosi and edited by ECRE. The third update was written by Véronique Planès-Boissac, legal consultant for Forum réfugiés – Cosi, with the support of several Forum réfugiés-Cosi staff members. The fourth update was written by Barbara Joannon, Advocacy Officer at Forum réfugiés – Cosi. The 2016 updates was written by Raphaël Morlat, Legal Officer in charge of Training at Forum réfugiés – Cosi. The 2017 update was written by Chloé Viel, Legal Officer in charge of Training at Forum réfugiés – Cosi.

Forum réfugiés-Cosi wishes to thank all those individuals and organisations who shared their expertise to contribute or check the information gathered during the research. Particular thanks are owed to many Forum réfugiés-Cosi colleagues who have shared their practical experience on the right of asylum in France – which have been key to feed concrete reality-checks and observations into this report; to the two lawyers who have taken the time to share their views on the French system; to the staff of France terre d’asile, the ANAFE and the UNHCR Paris office for their expert and constructive feedback provided for the initial report and finally to ECRE for its support throughout the drafting process. Forum réfugiés-Cosi would also like to thank the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) for co-financing its awareness-raising missions which allowed us to provide additional time to research and draft this report.

The findings presented in this report stem from background desk research, interviews with field practitioners and lawyers, as well as feedback from French NGOs and the Paris-based UNHCR office and finally statistics shared by the French authorities.

Caveat: In France, asylum policies – including reception procedures – are largely under prefectural execution. This review of practice is mostly based on observations in the départements of Ile de France, Rhône, Puy-de-Dôme and Alpes-Maritimes. However, the conclusions presented in this report on the concrete implementation of asylum policies have been cross-checked and triangulated with observations of these practices in other regions and are supported by findings presented in other reports – be they official or drafted by civil society organisations.

The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2017, unless otherwise stated.


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About AIDA

The Asylum Information Database (AIDA) is a database managed by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), containing information on asylum procedures, reception conditions, detenti