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Being a migrant...

Definition :

Exile is the state (social, psychological, political...) of a person who has left his  homeland  voluntarily or under duress –_cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ banishmentdeportation , inability to survive or threat of persecution – and who lives in a country  foreigner _cc754cde-31-31-31-31 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_with all that this entails of difficulties (language, integration,  identity ...) and a feeling of estrangement from one's country ( nostalgia , uprooting...) ._cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_ Source Wikipedia.


The situations of the exiled people who come to us all have similarities:

  • Flight from their country following an unbearable situation: threats, violence, corruption, extreme poverty.

  • Arrival in Brittany is often the result of chance

  • Their goal is to be able to live here, be independent and integrate.

  • Returning home is not an option.

  • These people therefore apply for the right of residence.

  • In the early stages, they often benefit from State mechanisms dedicated to asylum seekers.

  • For the most part, asylum is refused to them, it is then a new difficult stage which begins: the life “without papers”. Life without rights, without housing, punctuated by attempts at regularization that generate hope and despair...

  • The end of initial aid is often followed by homelessness and great precariousness.

  • This is when citizen mobilization takes on its full meaning: the Association Solidarité Côte des Légendes helps to avoid the unacceptable.

Other terms whose definitions are not always known here   or there

Examples of courses:

Family C. a couple and 4 children

Coming from Central Asia, the family arrived in France in 2009, when we met them in 2017, they were in Brest and were staying in their car... The association found very basic accommodation in the town of Plounéour-Trez for a few months, then in Lesneven. Since then, the eldest daughter obtained her baccalaureate, she brilliantly continues her studies in the 3rd year. The youngest are of course educated. After 11 years of living without papers, the family finally obtained a possibility of a residence permit in 2020.

In appreciation of the collective work, they invited the members of the council and the volunteers to a festive meal in the courtyard of their accommodation. Very nice success and a lot of shared joy.


Three young unaccompanied minors

On December 23, 2017 arrived in Côte des Légendes, AL. (from Bangladesh) and AB. (from Guinea), two young unaccompanied minors both born in 2001, getting along very well, and referred by the ADJIM of Brest.

They were accommodated in 3 homes (in Goulven and Plouider), alternately every month. AB. was then educated in Brest, while AL. not speaking our language, took French lessons in Brest, then in Lesneven.

AL. preferred to go to work in Toulouse in April 2019, then abandoning his 1st year of CAP, and AB. was admitted to boarding school in Brest at the start of the 2019 school year.

JO., from Congo, was also welcomed from September 2019 to February 2020, also in 3 homes.

These experiences have been very enriching. Cohabitation with these enthusiastic, determined and spirited young people was no problem."

From the Balkans to Finistère...

It was in the middle of summer, the young couple was introduced to us by the Digemer association in Brest, they needed temporary accommodation for a few weeks. A private individual offered us a small apartment in Goulven and finally, the link was established and the couple stayed there for 2 years. When the little one was born, we looked for more suitable accommodation… And we found nothing!

The couple and their young boy had to leave, thanks to Digemer, they were able to settle in Braspart. Originally from the Balkans, and still without papers, they are now housed in a farm near Lesneven. The rent is financed by the association. The father likes to work in the gardens or for small jobs in Chèque Emploi Service. The little one will soon go to school.


A sparkling young grandmother!

Super autonomous and perfectly integrated, her smile and her kindness hide the complicated life of a person without papers: without rights and without resources. An inhabitant of the country of Lesneven offered an apartment which he graciously makes available to our association for the aid of migrants: the young grandmother is sheltered there. When the association organizes a convivial meal, it is she who regales with a delicious couscous!


The K. family from Chechnya 


The K. family is a family of 9 people including 7 children from 12 to 3 years old. Arrived in France in 2012 following the violence suffered in Chechnya, she remained in Brest until 2018. Without papers, she ended up being hosted in April 2018 in Ploudaniel by a generous owner.
Our association has followed this family since that date. After spending 2 years in Ploudaniel, settling there and integrating well (the children being enrolled in school and sports clubs), she had to move to Brest in September 2021.
The family found new accommodation thanks to the joint actions of DIGEMER Brest and SCDL, in particular through the creation of the “100pour 1 roof” action.

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