Mayor of Strasbourg: “I am delighted that, in the face of a dramatic situation, we can show solidarity”

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At the end of August, approximately 2,600 Afghans reached France thanks to 15 emergency French flights.

Director of French immigration office Didier Leschi stated: “The special operation set up at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle has now been dismantled. They are essentially people from urban civil society, former civil servants, journalists, artists, directors, actors, intellectuals. People who, like many others who have remained in Afghanistan, are most likely to be in danger from the Taliban.

Most of these people are now in Ile-de-France, but some were sent to the provinces. Between 15 and 20 municipalities, including Strasbourg, Lyon and Lille, are currently hosting Afghan nationals transferred from Kabul, according to the Inter-ministerial Directorate for the Reception and Integration of Refugees (DIAIR), reports Info Migrants.

Mayor of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian said: “I am delighted that, in the face of a dramatic situation, we can show solidarity”.

After they landed in France, Afghan refugees had to undergo different check in the airport, as well as the Covid test.

Damien Carême, former mayor of Grande-Synthe and co-president of the National Association of Welcoming Cities and Territories (Anvita) said: “Mayors are essential to help form a connection between the original population and the new arrivals. The association has called for the mobilization of all elected officials in order to offer a concerted welcome to the children, women and men fleeing Afghanistan.”


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