Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States

Legal and administrative framework

France

There are no specific legal provisions on resettlement in France. The Code on the Entry and Stay of Aliens and Asylum (2004) includes a Chapter (VII) that regulates the reception procedure of refugees and their subsequent rights. France has signed a Framework Agreement with UNHCR (2008), whereby it accepts to receive about 100 refugee files each year.

Laws

* Code on the Entry and Stay of Aliens and Asylum (n.2004-1248 of 24 November 2004)

Abstract

The Code on the Entry and Stay of Aliens and Asylum (Code d’entrée et de séjour des étrangers et du droit d’asile (CESEDA)) was last modified by Law n.2011-672 of 16 June 2011 on immigration, integration and nationality (Official Journal of the French Republic n. 0139 of 17 June 2011, p. 10290).

Chapter VII concerns asylum and may be relevant for resettlement, especially regarding the reception procedure and subsequent rights. However, the Chapter does not contain any legal provision on resettlement

Files attached to this content:

Code on the Entry and Stay of Aliens and Asylum (2004) - Legislative Part in French

Code on the Entry and Stay of Aliens and Asylum (2004) - Regulatory Part in French

UNHCR agreements

* Framework Agreement between France and UNHCR (2008)

Abstract

The Framework Agreement between the Government of the French Republic and the UNHCR (Accord-Cadre de cooperation entre le gouvernement de la République française et l’office du haut-commissaire des Nations-Unies pour les réfugiés) was signed on 4 February 2008. According to the Agreement, France accepts to receive about 100 refugee files each year following submission directly by the UNHCR (see the unofficial translation of Article 5 below).

Article 5 – Refugee resettlement programme

5.1. On the basis of the files presented by the UNHCR and transmitted to the French Representation to the United Nations in Geneva, the French Republic will examine the files of refugees whose resettlement on the French territory is considered.

5.2. Persons whose files will be presented to French authorities will have to fulfil eligibility criteria according to the strict mandate of the UNHCR and the French legislation relating to the determination of the refugee status.

5.3. In the framework of France strategic priorities, the UNHCR will present about a hundred files each year.

Files attached to this content:

Framework Agreement between France and UNHCR (2008) in French

France snapshot

 Size: 550,000 km2

Population: 64.3 million

Year of EU Entry: 1952

In the Schengen Area: Yes

Protection Status Granted: 10,702 (2011)

Resettlement Scheme: Ad hoc and Programme (2008)

Resettlement Quota: 100 files/year

Resettled Refugees: 1,094 (2010) 

Source: The information about the size, population, in the Schengen area, and year of EU entry is taken from europa.eu.