Foreigners who fled the war were ordered to leave France

“France was a model for me. But where is the equality and fraternity?” Nisya Al-Masawi does not take off. Arriving from Odessa on March 3, the Algerian paramedic student received an “Obligation to Leave French Territory” (OQTF) from the province of Yvelines. At twenty-eight, the young woman does not plan to return to her native country, for which she was frankly resentful. “How do you expect me to go back to a country that has done nothing for me? At the beginning of the war, when I called the embassy to ask to be sent home, they hung up. I would rather go back to Ukraine than go back to Algeria”Let’s go.

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Ce jour-là, Nissia Messaoui est de passage à l’université Paris-8, ou le collectif Le Poing levé aide les étudiants étrangers ayant fui l’Ukraine à s’inscrire à l’université, afin d’augmenter de leurs in France. Currently, out of hundreds of applications submitted, only a few have been validated. Universities fear alienating conservatives, Presumably Léo Valadim, member of the collective. It is a financial cost to them. They have to pay for the recordings out of their own pocket. »

The group receives more and more students who are ordered to leave the territory. “Preferential treatment of these persons, who are experiencing the same traumas of exile, separation and future uncertainty as those of Ukrainian nationality, is unacceptable, He was outraged in a press release, Tuesday 7 June, the French Coordination for the Right to Asylum, which includes 17 organizations including Catholic Relief, the League for Human Rights or Cimade. For many of them, returning to their country of origin would jeopardize the continuity of their academic or professional life. »

We lived the same war.

The Council of the European Union decided, at the beginning of March, to grant temporary protection – including the right of residence and access to the labor market – to Ukrainians fleeing the war. This decision provided protection also for Third country nationals (…) who are legally residing in Ukraine and who cannot return to their country or region of origin in safe and sustainable conditions”. “We call for the expansion of the categories benefiting from temporary protection and an end to discriminatory and unfair treatment on the basis of nationality”Melanie Lewis, of Cimade, insists, who sees an increase in TPR denials, sometimes accompanied by an OQTF.

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Enza Toure, 27, from Côte d’Ivoire, was attending a master’s degree in international relations at the Dnipro University of Customs and Finance. The young man turned to Chambery, because he speaks French and has a distant family in the department. On May 23, the governor informed him of the OQTF. A decision that the person in question will appeal to the Administrative Court, while also being accepted into Sciences Po Grenoble for the 2022-2023 academic year. “I would like to go back to Côte d’Ivoire with a diploma so that I can find a job”he argues.

Alaeddin Ayyad was pursuing a Ph.D. in microelectronics and photovoltaics in Kyiv. He is one of a handful of foreign students who have obtained a registration at the Sorbonne to pursue an associate degree there to return to higher education for the exiled people. Despite this, this huge man is afraid of receiving the OQTF.

“Going back to Algeria is losing everything. My training is not there, justify himself. Imagine that you are studying to become an electronics engineer and end up in a snack bar selling tacos and pizza? » Claims to have received a proposal to join the PV Research Laboratory But, for lack of work permit, he cannot accept it. He is embittered by the son of a nurse whose maternal grandfather is buried in France after serving in the 1950s in the French army. “Why not be treated like the Ukrainians? We met, we lived the same war. »

Aladdin Ayyad, an Algerian student and refugee from the conflict in Ukraine, shows his Ukrainian residency card, in Paris, June 2, 2022.

Even if the OQTF is not systematically taken against them, foreigners excluded from temporary protection find themselves Without the right of residence, Melanie Lewis says: So they are in an illegal situation and can be arrested at any time. » requested by the scientistThe Ministry of the Interior did not respond.

“I spent seven years in Ukraine, and I built a life there”

For several days, the thought of returning to Ukraine tormented Hans and his girlfriend Rachel (first names have been changed). These Congolese students, who arrived from Dnipro on March 12 and were excluded from temporary protection, are disappointed. “Here, we do not live, we are alive. Without work, without money, you have no future”Loose Hans, 27 years old. Currently, they are housed, along with other refugees from Ukraine, in a low-cost hotel in Blanc-Mesnil (Seine-Saint-Denis). For the past three months, they have taken their courses online, given by their Ukrainian teachers. He just completed his sixth year in medicine, which is her marketing license. “What am I going to do in the Congo? I spent seven years in Ukraine, and built a life there. If I had to leave France, I would go back to Ukraine. At least I wouldn’t be illegal there.”Hans repeats. The couple now fears being kicked out of their hotel.

This is what happened to a 48-year-old Armenian woman and her 25-year-old daughter. They were kicked out of the hotel on May 30th., confirms to their lawyer Soleen Liebrunce, who is challenging the refusal to grant temporary protection before the Rouen Administrative Court. The woman and her daughter have lived in Ukraine since 2006, they own an apartment and the mother runs a cosmetic company. “They have no family in Armenia”reassures their lawyer.

Me Leberns defends other Armenians who have been refused temporary protection by the Seine Prefecture. Among them are a woman and her son, established in Ukraine since 1990 and holders of a permanent residence permit, or a couple who settled in Ukraine nearly thirty years ago, where they own a livestock and transport company, while their son is a doctor. When they fled the Zaporizhia region in the face of advancing Russian forces, they joined the family in Normandy. Unfortunately, they are there today in an irregular situation.

In a similar situation, Jonathan B. Football dreams. This former Ivorian player with Metalist 1925 in Kharkiv, kills time by training three times a week at Stade Dillon with the first team in Saint-Denis USA, in Seine-Denis. “I’m not asking for anything, just to be able to work. I can’t even buy a bus ticket”, trust. Every Sunday, he goes to mass and prays to find a club and contract. to stay in France.

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