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ALC alongside migrant teens!

“ALC staff helped me sort out my documentation, helping me to get my passport and a residence permit. I was provided with accommodation in shared flats, first with young people from Africa then with Bangladeshis. “

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accommodation places for migrant teens up to age 18.

The situation

Teens arriving in France without any protection, who feel alienated, and need support

Our action

We support them, by helping them sort out their documentation, find accommodation, training and a job. But also giving them advice and human warmth!

Our action

We support them, by helping them sort out their documentation, find accommodation, training and a job. But also giving them advice and human warmth!

Always show respect for local people and rules! And be patient, courageous and upbeat in all circumstances!

The interview of Amjad

Can you tell us how you got here?

My name is Amjad, I’m from Bangladesh. I had to flee my country because of dire family problems. I first arrived in Italy, then went to Toulouse in France, where I stayed with a foster family for two months. Then I moved to Valbonne, where I stayed at the international centre for eight months. I took a course to improve my French and learn maths. I started working my first job in a restaurant. Then I moved to Nice, where I started to intern in restaurants. This is when I came in contact with ALC.

How has ALC helped you?

ALC staff helped me sort out my documentation, helping me to get my passport and a residence permit. I was provided with accommodation in shared flats, first with young people from Africa then with Bangladeshis. Flat-sharing went very well! I took a course in marketing and services in the hotel-café-restaurant sector and got my diploma! My instructors were very helpful and always gave great advice.

What are your plans now?

Now I have an open-ended contract working in a restaurant and it’s great! I have a place to myself now and lots of friends! I would like to stay in this region and maybe one day open my own restaurant!

What advice would you give young people in the same kind of situation?

Always show respect for local people and rules! And be patient, courageous and upbeat in all circumstances!

 

IMPACT: Our European project on migrant teens / unaccompanied minors

Find out more about the European project IMPACT