Accompanied by Aurélien Taché, deputy author of the report «for an ambitious policy of integration of foreigners arriving in France», and Alain Régnier, interdepartmental delegate in charge of the reception and integration of refugees, Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, went this Thursday, February 22 to the Opéra Bastille as part of the Programme Hébergement Orientation Parcours pour l'Emploi (HOPE).

This program, launched by the government, aims to support the integration into employment of 1,000 foreigners recognized as refugees by the Office Français Immigration Intégration (OFII). The coordination of the project is carried out by the AFDAS (Assurance Formation des Activités du Spectacle) which ensures its monitoring and financing, with the participation of the Ministry of Culture.

In this context, eleven cultural establishments of the living show accompany the reception and training of these refugees: the National Theatre of the Hill, the Paris Opera (Opéra Garnier and Opéra Bastille), the Comédie Française, the Odéon Theatre, the Théâtre de Chaillot, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Grande Halle de la Villette, the MC 93, the Théâtre Mogador, the Théâtre Le Comédia, and the Institut du Monde Arabe.

Françoise Nyssen attended the recruitment interviews to select twelve refugees to work in these cultural institutions. The selected candidates will enter into a four-month operational preparation for employment (POE) scheme carried out by Afpa (National Agency for Adult Vocational Training) and funded by Pôle emploi.

Françoise Nyssen welcomes this initiative and the commitment of the cultural institutions partners of the HOPE program. On this occasion, the Minister committed other cultural institutions to continue this initiative.