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Paris and northern France: what activities to practice during the summer for migrants?

What to do this summer to change your mind? In the regions of Paris and Calais, several associations organize free outings, cultural and sporting activities or workshops of all kinds for migrants. InfoMigrants provides you with a (non-exhaustive) list. To your diaries.

Football, basketball, handball, boxing, swimming, yoga… In Paris, the association Kabubu, which aims to help the social integration of exiles through sport, offers weekly activities open to everyone: migrants, refugees, or ordinary citizens. The opportunity to meet people during a game or training. Free and compulsory registration on the site.

To the house of refugeesthe following activities are offered:

Full dance: Thursdays, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Taekwondo: Thursdays, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Boxing: Fridays, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Several sports activities are accessible to migrants in Paris (file photo).  Credit: InfoMigrants
Several sports activities are accessible to migrants in Paris (file photo). Credit: InfoMigrants

In Paris, the Salvation Army Foundation Humanitarian Stopover offers painting, sculpture and drawing workshops during the month of August, in partnership with the association Ateliers d’artistes en exil and the Musée en herbe.

Painting: August 16, 17, 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Clay sculpture: August 23, 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Drawing: every Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Humanitarian stop, 2 rue Perrault, 75001 Paris

These workshops are open to everyone. Note that the offer of the Humanitarian Stop is reduced in summer: the rest of the year, the opportunities for cultural and artistic activities are greater.

A migrant consulting books in a library (file photo).  Credit: InfoMigrants
A migrant consulting books in a library (file photo). Credit: InfoMigrants

The Refugee House also offers workshops for the summer:

Drawing around languages: Mondays, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Embroidery: Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ceramics: Wednesdays, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Free graphic expression (drawing, painting, collage): Thursdays, from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Music workshops (vocals, bass, drums): Saturdays, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three knitting workshop sessions also take place on Mondays August 1, 8 and 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on registration via maisondesrefugies@emmaus.asso.fr.

The Refugee Center is located at 50 boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris.

CEDRE organizes ephemeral activities (archive photo).  Credit: InfoMigrants
CEDRE organizes ephemeral activities (archive photo). Credit: InfoMigrants

For those who like games, ephemeral activities are organized every afternoon at the Support center dedicated to exiled people (CEDRE), branch of Secours Catholique located in the North-East of Paris. Among the options available: table tennis, table football, board games, speedball.

CEDRE maintains its usual activities during the summer, except for the 2nd and 3rd week of August during which the center will be closed.

The association Middays of Mie offers all summer to minors in recourse to the street various outings such as visits to museums, outings to the swimming pool or to Paris beach.

The association will also organize during the summer a great outing to the leisure center of Jablines-Annet, in Seine-et-Marne. The date is not yet fixed. To follow all the information concerning the activities organized by Les Midis du Mie, follow the association’s Facebook page.

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If you are not aware of the planned outings, be aware that departures are always after the distribution of lunches in the Pali-Kao garden, Couronnes metro station, in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. You can therefore participate by showing up on site.

The association soul food, intended for unaccompanied foreign minors, young migrants and refugees aged 14 to 22, is organizing an event on Sunday July 31 at La Régulière (43 rue Myrha, 75018 Paris). On the program: artistic workshops and a free snack for participants. Everyone is welcome.

To be kept informed of future cultural outings organized by Soul Food, you can contact the association by email and/or via their Instagram account (@soulfoodparis).

Artistic workshops organized in Calais.  Credit: David Perriers for Mosaic
Artistic workshops organized in Calais. Credit: David Perriers for Mosaic

In the vicinity of Grande-Synthe, in the north of France, the association ProjectPlay offers a wide range of activities accessible to children aged 0 to 18 who live in informal camps in the Calais and Dunkirk regions.

Sports activities, board games, role-playing, painting, jewelry making, among other creative workshops… “The goal is to entertain children, give them confidence and allow them to know who they are,” says Lara, member from Project Play. “We welcome children from all cultures, all origins and speaking all languages.”

These activities are organized every day, except Saturdays, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the main place where migrants live, in Loon-Plage (click here to locate the area).

Games sessions are also organized at Secours Catholique de Calais during afternoons dedicated to women, on Mondays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (click here to locate the area).

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