Number of people served in 2020: 1,331

France has long offered asylum to those forced to flee their homes. As of August 2018, France has resettled more than 3,000 refugees through the UNHCR refugee resettlement program. France also offers asylum through its Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons, which is expected to receive a record number of 200,000 applications in 2018. With this influx of asylum seekers, resources to help are constrained. Although French law guarantees it, barely half of all asylum seekers in France have access to housing.

Our Work in France

The Jesuit Refugee Service France fights against the isolation and social exclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in France. JRS France’s work is based on field and local action, implemented by 40 regional offices: hospitality and temporary accommodation programs, legal support, cultural and professional integration, and French language classes.

JRS France also participates in advocacy, defending the rights of asylum seekers at the national and European level.

Music class in the park as part of the Welcome Youth, an integration project run by JRS France (Federico Zaa / Jesuit Refugee Service).
A family gathers around a table at the home of Isabelle and Phillipe Pepin, who opened their home to asylum seekers as part of JRS France's Welcome Project. (Jesuit Refugee Service)


JRS France Country Director

Antoine Paumard S.J.

Contact info:

14, rue d’AssasF-75006 Paris


Visit the JRS France Website