The French Office for Immigration and Integration (OFII) is committed to the integration of migrants through integration and vocational training.
The story of Yaya Diallo, a young Guinean refugee who became a baker and won the regional baking competition at the Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair, illustrates the importance of integration through training and employment.
A passion for bread transformed into a professional project
The Dijon International and Gastronomic Fair organised in November 2021 honoured the work of 85 artisan bakers working in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.
During the prize-wining ceremony, the brilliant career of a winner was highlighted: that of Yaya Diallo, a young Guinean refugee who is now a symbol of professional success for all young people working in the demanding bakery sector.
Yaya Diallo, a Guinean refugee, arrived in France at the age of 16. His care as an unaccompanied minor led him to Mâcon.
Determined to succeed professionally, Yaya Diallo quickly told his educators that he wanted to train as a baker in honour of his father who made traditional bread in Guinea.
The support of his employers makes Yaya’s dream a reality. Indeed, Nathalie V., Yaya’s employer, is a woman committed to the professional training of young people. Together with her husband, the couple of bakers have been able to employ around thirty apprentices and welcome forty trainees. The employers encourage and support Yaya’s professional project and his desire to integrate into local life.
A successful integration process supported by the OFII
On the occasion of Integration Week, the Territorial Directorate of the OFII in Dijon salutes and supports the successful integration of Yaya Diallo.
1st regional prize in baking at the Dijon International Gastronomic Fair, Yaya welcomes this recognition of his work with happiness and humility.
Now that he has a residence permit that will allow him to take his driving test and have his own flat, Yaya is multiplying his plans for the future.
Yaya Diallo holds a bakery diploma and continues to invest, train and draw inspiration from his artisan models. The young Guinean refugee aspires one day to have his own bakery to train and employ future generations of craftsmen.
The OFII committed to the integration of migrants.