Refugee in the Gard, the agony of a Ukrainian family waiting for a residence permit

The four Ukrainians who were guests in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon could not register in the Gard prefecture. An agonizing wait as they fled the war.

On March 9, Villeneuvois Philippe and Brigitte Rouquette, listening only to their hearts, set off for Poland in their personal vehicle to deliver a ton of medical and paramedical equipment and daily necessities to the Ukrainian border. Three days later they went to the Ukrainian refugee center in the town of Lubycza Kroleska.

After multiple presentations of official documents, the Mylnikov family was entrusted to them to be placed in their home and with their friends, Catherine and Jean Pascal Moch. 48 hours later and 2,300 km further, this family, made up of grandparents, their daughter and their grandson Kiril, settled after ten days in a basement in Villeneuve, far from the bombs and the horrors of war.

The Town Hall of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon supported them as well as the other host families, in particular by allowing the children to go to school and bringing together the refugee families so that they could know all the possibilities of working with the help of various local associations to meet their immediate needs and their hardship to alleviate.

A passport in Cyrillic

But this dynamic of generosity encountered administrative difficulties. The three Ukrainian families accommodated in Villeneuve were summoned to the Gard prefecture after their online request to submit their files to regularize their refugee situation and to obtain a temporary residence permit for temporary protection valid for six months.

But at the check-in counter, the Mylnikov family, who don’t have biometric passports, were simply told that “the passports presented were written in Cyrillic script (Alphabet used in Ukraine) and therefore indecipherable”. In addition, the Villeneuvois declare: “The French speaking Ukrainian who agreed to translate our passports did not receive recognition as she is not sworn“.

The location is “Dramatic for this family, currently banned and deprived of any help, but also unable to work, find housing and above all to take care of themselves, except in the hospital, while the grandparents have serious health problems” Alert the Villeneuvois who harbor them.

The Rouquette and Moch families involved in this humanitarian approach are more than desperate: “Should we consider this family as stateless refugees? Shall we drive them back to the Polish-Ukrainian border? The Mylnikov family still has no return or appointment in the prefecture!.

We contacted the prefectural services yesterday, who could not answer us at the time of our closure.

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