The particularity of our approach is the multidisciplinary support. Each young person is monitored by a team of different professionals (nurses, psychologists, social workers) who examine his difficulties and work to support them on this difficult journey, while offering the opportunity to rebuild their identity in a safe and caring environment.
However, only a small number of young people benefit from this accommodation. Most of them are housed in squats supervised by solidarity groups. MSF intervenes there to provide them with consultations aimed at guiding them through the health system.
Even though everything seems to be done to make it extremely difficult for most of them to access protection, our efforts bear their fruits: at the end of the age-dispute procedure, nearly 80% of young people accompanied by MSF are finally granted temporary or permanent protection.
Why is MSF running such a project in Marseille?
At the beginning of 2020, almost all young people on the move in Marseille had to wait several months before they could be admitted temporarily to the emergency shelter provided by the Childcare Protection service (Aide Sociale à l’Enfance).
By law, this provisional shelter must be "systematic and immediate" for all persons declaring themselves as minors and isolated. It is at the end of this five-day provisional reception period that the minority assessment takes place. However, in the middle of winter, they were sleeping in the street, without being provided with any means of subsistence.