Immigration Conference in Saint-Brevin: This Saturday’s Event

This weekend promises to be tense in Saint Brévin les Pins, in Loire-Atlantique, when a conference is to be held on the reception of immigrants. Opponents of the transfer of a reception center (CADA) have announced a response. Enough to fear clashes between ultra-right and left activists.
“Welcome the exiles, why, how?” : this is the theme of the conference organized this Saturday (September 23) in Saint Brévin, in Loire-Atlantique. A conference organized by several associations, with the participation of academics, lawyers and elected officials. In this commune of Saint-Brévin, for several months there have been defenders and opponents of a project for a new CADA – Reception center for asylum seekers (*). This conference aims to broaden the debate, well beyond the CADA issue.

“The main migrations that take place in Africa take place within Africa”
It’s also a way of not having the calendar dictated by far-right demonstrations, as Philippe Croze, president of the Collectif des Brévinois attentives et solidaires, an association helping migrants which co-organizes the conference, points out: “we wanted break with this cycle of demonstrations and counter-demonstrations. What we want is for this conference to be a peaceful moment of reflection and information for a certain number of people, to take stock of the migratory phenomenon , dismantle the fantasies with the real figures of immigration. We are currently being told that there is a migratory wave, it is a tidal wave arriving on Europe from Africa, while we know very well that the main migrations that take place in Africa take place within Africa, and that it is really a tiny minority of people who try to reach Europe and brave all the dangers on this route of exile.”

(We must) dismantle fantasies linked to immigration

The idea of this conference is also to think about the organization and the way of welcoming the exiles, which seems much fairer than closing the borders, in the eyes of the president of the Collective, questioned by Yann Launay: “we is part of a West which, for years and years, colonized and pillaged these countries. It is a fair return of things to now welcome them with kindness. These people are destitute, they need refuge, they are fleeing poverty, violence, war, etc. For the vast majority of them, it is not a choice that comes easily. It is a choice with serious consequences: they abandon their family, They will go through hardships throughout their migratory route, welcoming them with dignity even though they may be exhausted by their journey, I find that it is really the minimum that we can do.”

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