Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) closed its programme for asylum seekers in Paris this year.
Since 2007, MSF has been providing medical and psychological care as well as social support to asylum seekers in Paris. Many have fled conflict zones or political persecution at home and find themselves living on the streets in France. Most have no health insurance and it is very hard for them to access any kind of medical care. Furthermore, many of them cannot speak French. In 2013, an MSF team of nurses, doctors, psychologists and social workers continued to treat and support asylum seekers who had suffered repeated traumatic experiences both at home and in exile. A particular emphasis was put on providing psychological care to those who did not speak French and could not access the necessary help elsewhere.
MSF, after assessing the limitations, decided to close its programme in France at the end of May 2013. The most pressing issues encountered by migrants in France are those linked to administrative and social problems, and these are currently beyond the remit of a medical humanitarian organisation.
Year MSF first worked in the country: 1987