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Emmaus Labour Pool
flag Finland - (Emmaus Helsinki r.y. Emmaus Helsingfors r.f.)

The situation in Finland has changed in recent years and we face a new kind of poverty. While citizens and people with European Union health insurance card benefit from a well-developed social security system, we have a growing number of people who are not entitled to social benefits such as health care, unemployment and child benefits. Emmaus Helsinki wanted to address this emergency situation and founded a cooperative which employs marginalized immigrants.

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Recreation Centre at the Emmaus CADA
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Bussières-et-Pruns)

Responding to an internal and external need

The association runs a reception centre for asylum seekers (CADA) where families live with their children. They are housed in an old convent, provided and refurbished by the Abbé Pierre foundation for welcoming these families. During the holidays, the children need activities. They sometimes go to recreation centres in the area, but this is not always possible due to a lack of spaces.

The association therefore decided to create a recreation centre in the CADA to create a participative and social space, and also to create a local place for children of families that live in the area and nearby areas. Through this project, the association hoped to facilitate living together in the local area through enabling social and cultural mingling.

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flag France - (Association des amis de la communauté des Chiffonniers d'Emmaüs de Quimperlé)

So-called “nonsuit” families, i.e. families who completed the asylum application procedure but did not obtain refugee status, should in theory “hand in their keys” a month after the French national asylum court rejects their application.

The families are supposed to use this month to find accommodation or apply for assistance to return home. In most cases, if they choose to stay in France, they end up without any accommodation. In fact, these families don’t have access to the accommodation, social reintegration centres or any other traditional forms of accommodation.

They can alternatively apply for leave to remain on different grounds.
In reality, though, they often end up on the streets.
Their “nonsuit” status means they can neither be deported nor given papers. This grey legal area leaves the families in a situation of insecurity and prevents stakeholders from acting.

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Preparing Young People in Burundi for Immigration to Europe.
flag Burundi - (Association de Lutte contre la Délinquance et la Pauvreté A.L.D.P.)

There have been inter-ethnic conflicts and wars in Burundi for over 10 years and this has had a negative impact on the socio-economic situation of the population. Burundi has witnessed violence, violations of different types, famine, displacement of persons, the destruction of the socio-economic infrastructure, children not being put in school or dropping out of school, unemployment, etc.

Given that moving to Europe is currently the dream for the majority of young people in Burundi, due to the unstable socio-economic and political situation in the country, ALDP (the Association to Fight Crime and Poverty) provides support for young people, organises outreach programmes and awareness raising/informative sessions on freedom of movement and residence in Europe for those who wish to migrate.

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Emmaus Labour Pool
flag Åland Islands - (Emmaus Åland)

The right to movement and work.

We had many beggars in the streets and some people saw this as a problem. We saw the possibilities and offered them work instead. We analysed the legal aspects (taxation, work permits, insurances et.) of migrant workers, and adapted our system to existing regulations.

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Emmaus Soup Kitchen
flag Åland Islands - (Emmaus Åland)

The idea is to provide a space for social interaction.

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The Solid’Em Bar, A Place of Exchange and Lobbying
flag France - (Emmaüs Communauté Chambéry)

The bar Solid’Em, located in the community’s sales area, was created in June 2011 to raise awareness amongst the general public and to bring in extra funds for the water access and sanitation project at Lake Nokoué in Benin. The community has been committed to the Lake Nokoué project since its launch in 2007.

All profits from the bar were sent to Emmaus International to fund the Lake Nokoué project. The construction phase ended in 2016 but the project continues with the local association of the inhabitants of the lake which manages the infrastructure and raises awareness about hygiene, water management and sanitation.

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Support for Children and Young Migrant Workers
flag Côte d’Ivoire - (Association Jekawili)

The project supports children and young migrant workers for four specific reasons:

 The number of children and adolescents migrating within and between countries in West Africa is so high because there are so many armed conflicts and other natural catastrophes, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso.
 The social services are not effective.
 We acknowledge the voluntary nature of children/adolescents migrating to find work.
 To add to the single strategy of intercepting and systematically sending back migrant children/adolescents. We enable them to integrate into society by offering them access to decent jobs in the places they reach.

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Refugees need you…
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Dunkerque, Fondateur Abbé Pierre)

Since 1999, the Emmaus Grande Synthe/Dunkirk community has been buzzing with passing exiles seeking to reach England. The community offers them meals and equipment (clothes/covers/tents/pots/candles, etc.). “They” were some hundred people living in the “jungle” (‘woods’ in Afghani) near the community. We were able to provide for many of their needs. In July 2014, huge numbers of exiles arrived. We were overwhelmed by requests. We panicked, but then, remembering the 1st February, the 60th anniversary, we appealed to the big Emmaus family, and 60 years later we need the same things.

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“Shacks under a Roof"
flag France - (Association Emmaüs Bourg-en-Bresse Servas)

Our group has been working with homeless migrants in Bourg-en-Bresse for several years, providing them with material support and campaigning to ensure that their situation is understood.

A homeless family moved into one of our disused sales areas in October 2015, it hadn’t been used for over a year… we are now officially classified as an “occupied-consenting” landlord as we have not made a complaint about this.

We now have more than 60 people organising their survival on our premises. The site has been given the nickname “the shacks of Brou” as each family has built a shack inside the 2 hangars.

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flag France - (Association communauté Emmaüs du Clermontois Fondateur abbé Pierre)

The Emmaus du Clermontois community is located in a small, rural village, a factor that makes the companions more isolated. Until 2015, the community was only known for being a shop. To breathe fresh life into the community and promote the movement’s values, we decided to open the community to become a place to live, hold discussions and improve our wellbeing together.
There are many organisations in the department, but each works on its own and there isn’t any real coordination between them, meaning that projects are less visible, and their impact is limited. Helping them to meet, get to know each other and join forces will boost our resources and enable us to become better known and understood.
It’s important to raise awareness among the general public (in the broadest sense) about civic values as this enables people to think for themselves and, in turn, to play an active role in society.
This awareness raising takes place through various forums (meetings on topics relevant to society, evenings and cultural excursions, sustainable development projects, etc.).
The objective is to become a key regional stakeholder together with the community and collectives, and thus to have a presence and voice.

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flag Belgium - (La Poudrière ASBL)

In 1958, following meetings with Christians and homeless people, two priests and one couple set up the La Poudriere community project in a deprived area of Brussels, around the Ninove city gate.

With the simple goal of “being present” and seeking out misfortune and friendship, from the very beginning each day was shared, meaning that the usual concept of charity and “working for” was replaced by a new form of solidarity: “working with”.
The project has been in operation ever since, allowing those in difficult situations to share their lives with those who are not. This happens through shared meals and work, and living in the same place but with private spaces.

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flag Italy - (EMMAUS ITALIA)

Welcoming those in need, self-financing, the struggles against the mafia and against poverty. Emmaus Palermo was created to bring together social anti-mafia action and the struggle against poverty into a single vision of sustainable and dignified social and human development, in contrast to the current dominant economic system and the closure of borders.

The economic and social context is one of a wonderful land ruined by a politico-mafioso-Masonic power system that over the years has erased basic rights, such as the right to education, the right to an effective healthcare system and the right to conduct business. In Palermo, the mafia has killed hundreds of honest business owners, journalists, magistrates, policemen, trade unionists, free men and women. After the mafia massacres of 1992, there was a moment of awakening in Palermo’s collective conscience. Today, thanks to the young people who were children in 1992, various new movements have been launched: activism, association building, social enterprise and anti-mafia practices that are demonstrating how the mafia can be fought and eliminated through the simple, responsible behaviour of all citizens on a daily basis. Emmaus Palermo is active above all in the most peripheral contexts and in those that are neglected by the authorities. Palermo and Sicily score highest in many of Europe’s negative rankings (for example the early school-leaving rate, the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), or the alarming data on youth unemployment and on relative and absolute poverty ).
Thousands of poor families in Palermo live off the collection of iron or used material; it was important to make it clear that the establishment of Emmaus in the city would not threaten those who use the second-hand market for informal work. That is why we strive every day to make it clear that our work is not intended to compete with others, but rather to help everybody in need.
Palermo is a symbolic city, the capital of the Mediterranean, rich in history and different cultural traditions. More than any other region of Italy, this city experiences the drama of the migrant arrivals and the difficulties in welcoming thousands of young people who are fleeing war and persecution in Africa. Unfortunately, the Sicilian and Nigerian mafias have made pacts of friendship and collaboration at Ballarò, which means that those who work with migrants have a duty to keep the young people arriving here at a distance from these soliciting networks that control drug trafficking and street prostitution.
Emmaus Palermo was given a building that was confiscated from the mafia in the Vergine Maria neighbourhood. In the past, this neighbourhood was controlled by the Galatolo mafia family (famous for their diplomatic abilities in making ties with politicians and the secret services). The Galatolo also control the Fiera del Mediterraneo exhibition centre, which houses the solidarity-based second-hand market in Pavilion 3. There is great interest in Pavilion 3, which is occupied by Emmaus Palermo, because it is the biggest pavilion in the exhibition centre. Over the course of one year, we have had seven cases of damages, break-ins, clear intimidation, and theft from the market. We are also subject to a daily boycott by the porters at the entrance gate, who do not allow our clients’ vehicles to enter the centre. Despite this, the market still functions and allows us to welcome eight companions.
Unfortunately, Palermo city council would like to use Pavilion 3 for commercial purposes. It is vital for us to remain inside the centre, which is why we are looking for financing in order to rent it and to carry out work to secure it and make it fit for purpose.

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