Ukrainian reception continues to be organised

On the morning of Thursday 17 March, Ms Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship and Ms Emmanuelle Wargon, Minister Delegate in charge of Housing, visited the new reception centre for displaced Ukrainians at porte de Versailles in Paris, accompanied by Didier Leschi.

Photo credits: Ministry of Interior – Didier Leschi, Emmanuelle Wargon and Marlène Schiappa.

The purpose of this visit was to meet Ukrainian families and to ensure the successful completion of the government’s missions. A new reception centre for displaced Ukrainians opened its doors on Wednesday 16 March in one of the halls of the Parc des expositions de la Porte de Versailles in Paris

In the last days, the arrival of people from Ukraine has accelerated and the Ministry of the Interior announced that as of today 20,000 Ukrainians are in France of whom 4,600 are accommodated. In response to this rise in numbers, it was decided to strengthen the reception procedures already in place. As the first reception structure at Porte de la Chapelle was becoming too small, an alternative was needed. The new centre at Porte de Versailles can therefore centralise the reception of displaced persons and accommodate up to 500 people. It is open seven days a week.

In this context, to present the OFII’s mission (registration of displaced persons for temporary protection), Didier Leschi Director General, and André Genteuil, Territorial Director in Paris were present during the visit of the two Minister Delegates.

The mobilisation of OFII agents to welcome this public and the joint efforts of the Territorial Directorate in Paris and the Real Estate and Logistics Directorate of OFII for the implementation of counters should be highlighted. In a short period of time, all equipment was deployed and the auditors were able to start welcoming Ukrainian refugees.