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France to offer aid to people in France housing Ukrainian refugees

Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said she ‘paid tribute’ to everyone involved and that aid would begin from late November

A photo of Ukrainian refugees travelling away from the country

The prime minister commended the people in France who had helped to welcome more than 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. Photo for illustration purposes Pic: Grand Warszawski / Shutterstock

France is to offer financial support for people who have Ukrainian refugees living in their homes, the prime minister has said.

Élisabeth Borne said that the aid would be sent “from the end of November”, to all the households that have welcomed a total of over 100,000 Ukrainian refugees (including 19,000 school-age children).

Ms Borne confirmed the news on October 3, speaking to the Assemblée nationale while introducing a parliamentary debate on the situation in Ukraine and its repercussions in France.

She said: “I want to pay tribute and thank all the local authorities who are working to organise solidarity, and enabling Ukrainian refugees to be welcomed and educated. Their commitment is precious and decisive.

“I am thinking of all our fellow citizens who have committed. We must support them, and I can confirm that, from the end of November, aid will be provided to our compatriots who are hosting Ukrainian displaced persons in their homes.”

The PM also commended the refugees’ welcome in France, saying that it had been done “quickly and effectively, with dignity”.

Read more: Six websites to help you support Ukrainian refugees in France 

Read more: France prepares to welcome 50,000 to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees 

Ms Borne did not mention the exact amount that would be given.

However, at the start of July, prefect Joseph Zimet, who is leading the interministerial group on the Ukrainian refugee plan in France, said that it could be “around €150-200 per month for several months” so that this “welcome does not collapse”.

He said: “Having a Ukrainian household in your home for several months entails financial costs, which could bring on a form of weariness.”

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