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Reportage: Meeting France’s ‘sans papiers’

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-10

In this latest instalment of our series on illegal immigrants in France, FRANCE 24 hits the streets of Paris in search of ‘sans papiers’ and meets Farah, a chef on the black market with hopes for a better life for her children.

Farah is a “sans papiers” (person without papers) and works as a chef on the black market in Paris. Originally from the North African country of Algeria, she came to France three years ago hoping for a good education for her four children.

However, life isn’t easy as an illegal immigrant in France. Without ID, Farah doesn’t even get paid the minimum wage, while her daughter won’t be allowed to sit her final high-school exams.

A law passed last November could provide some hope. Those immigrants who have spent five years in France with children who have completed three full years of school can now apply for legal papers.

Yet in a country renowned for its complicated bureaucracy, the process may not be so simple...

Date created : 2013-10-10

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