Toulouse: What you need to know to host a Ukrainian refugee family

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The accommodation and care of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Toulouse are being overseen by the Haute-Garonne Prefecture, which has sent a lengthy letter to local authorities detailing the procedures for the trial. State services received 738 requests for temporary protection as of Monday, March 28. An underestimated figure considering some refugees who have taken no steps.

More than 1,000 Toulouse residents have registered on the City Hall website to welcome a Ukrainian family. But they are on the waiting list a lot because the process is sometimes lengthy to commit to long-term.

The city of Toulouse, twinned with Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, is temporarily hosting nearly 200 out of 250 new arrivals in a city-centre gym and has enabled 64 women with children to stay with a host in Toulouse.

738 applications for temporary protection

“Twelve more refugees arrived last weekend, the Capitol confirmed Monday, March 28. Those to come from Nice eventually settled on Spain and Portugal, where they had connections. “The prefecture of Haute-Garonne records “738 requests for temporary protection made in the department”.

And for clarification: “However, there are probably more Ukrainian nationals in the department today, some of whom have not yet taken this step.” Decoding.

Tens of millions of Ukrainians are fleeing the fighting.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine on February 24, more than 10 million have fled the fighting and 3.5 million have already crossed the Polish border. The state services that have taken on the task of assisting Ukrainians on French soil from their arrival to their accommodation and subsequent care. The Haute-Garonne prefecture recently sent a long list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to local authorities.

Who coordinates the allocation of housing/accommodation to displaced persons?

In the department, it is the prefect (Etienne Guyot) who “carries out the analysis, qualification and exploitation of housing and citizen accommodation offers, then the targeting of these offers by carrying out the matching of households, housing offers and associations”. In addition to all the flats to be favored, individual flat suggestions can be mobilized in their flats. Each prefecture appoints an association of referees whose role is to put the host volunteers and the displaced persons in contact (after assessing the motivations of the stakeholders), to ensure the quality of the reception conditions, to ensure the follow-up of the stay and social assistance”.

In Toulouse, “at the moment, these are agents who accompany Ukrainian families to their hosts,” assures the communications department.

Avoid drifts.

“The solutions, adds the prefecture, eliminate problems associated with coexistence and risks given the vulnerability of displaced households. They therefore require special monitoring, to which special attention must be paid. It is therefore important that these citizens’ initiatives are monitored together with state services and associations to prevent potential abuse.”

Calibrated cases.

As close as possible “to a good public transport network”, the prefecture recommends, “to avoid any situation of isolation [des réfugiés] and guarantee access to public services”. Free housing is preferred, but if the Ukrainian family wants to pay their rent, they must not exceed the Personalized Housing Assistance (APL) ceiling, state services report.

The education of refugee children

Ukrainian families arriving in Toulouse have to contact the town hall, which handles the registrations in the schools, to enroll their children in school. “As far as possible, children are enrolled in educational units for incoming allophone students (UPE2A), indicates the Haute-Garonne prefecture in conjunction with the national education services. These units allow the students concerned to enroll in a normal class while benefiting from reinforced teaching of French as a second language, depending on their needs and their linguistic and linguistic abilities. In addition, “registration in the canteen, if available, and in extracurricular care is by law as soon as the child (Ukrainian minor) is registered at school”. Finally, within each academy, a “Ukrainian cell” coordinates the activities of the national educational services.

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