Our Principles

We see information as a vital resource that can make real differences in peoples’ lives, especially for those who are in precarious or vulnerable situations. Since March 2018, our association has edited and released a guide for refugees every month.

Summary

The guide relays accurate information on the procedure of claiming asylum, demanding a ‘titre de sejour’ (long-stay visa). It also provides addresses and advice that is useful for daily routines (legal help, food charities, healthcare, showers, day-time shelters, French language courses, etc.) The guide aims to place refugees in touch with local organizations that can help bring aid to them. Different sections of the guide have been directly worked on with refugees so that it is best able to address their needs.

Up to date

The guide is updated regularly to address the demand for as accurate as possible information surrounding the asylum seeking process and the ever evolving nonprofit world.

Multilingual

The guide is available in several languages. This permits the maximum number of people to have access to the information, even if they don’t speak French. Watizat attaches a huge importance to the quality of their translations. As a result, we believe that only an accurate translation can transmit reliable information to the public. This standard is essential since information that is wrongly translated can have harmful consequences, just as inaccurate information can negatively impact peoples’ decisions.

Accessible

Accessible: The guide is modeled to be easily understood by people from different backgrounds and educational levels.

  • The “useful addresses » part is accessible to everyone, while the “procedures” part allows you to go even further.
  • The guide is color coded to designate different sections
  • Symbols indicate addresses, metro lines, and telephone numbers
  • Pictograms illustrate the different themes.

Paper Format

If you wish to order guides in print, please contact your local branch (contacts in the ‘Branches’ tab) to find out the details (costs, timeframes, etc…).

Digital Format

All our guides are available for free on our website in a PDF format. They are also distributed in print at our offices and during information walks, as well as via our collaborative associations where we circulate them.

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