As many as 930 Ukrainian citizens found refuge on the ferry “Méditerranée in the port of Marseille. However, on Friday, June 10, the remaining 683 were forced to leave, without misunderstanding.
Behind the port gates, her eyes are fixed on the ferry. Inside, her family who welcomed them at the start of the war into their home. But due to a lack of space and privacy, his niece and cousin left to settle on the boat several weeks ago. A true haven of peace for many Ukrainian refugees.
“These are not people who benefit from the French system. My cousin got a work contract in a nursing home three days ago. And my niece, who has two children, had a car accident, it’s not his fault. But now they are in the streets from today. I have been crying for a week because I don’t I know how to help my family.” The Ukrainian explains, her blonde hair pulled back and her gaze hidden behind her sunglasses.
Because after more than two months of existence, an entire village was on the verge of splitting. The one imagined by the Corsica Linea Maritime Company, funded by the French state and installed in a boat on a wharf in Marseille. The “Mediterranean Sea”, moored since March 29, has to disembark and return the refugees to other reception sites.
the reason ? The agreement with the province of Bouches-du-Rhone expires on this date. she was “transitional reception solution” She said in a statement. This 500-cabin ferry resumes service again on the Marseille-Algiers line.
The result: hundreds of families (about 600 Ukrainians) find themselves in a daze when until then they have felt protection, housing, and the restoration of social, medical and employment support. With, as a bonus, nursery school and French language training.
Bags in Hand Christina is about to discover her new home after spending two months in a hut on the ferry.
“It’s a very difficult situation for us because many of us have jobs, our kids are in school or some health issues. They have nowhere to go even though they have to leave the ship in a few hours. I, I’m very lucky that my family got An apartment in the district of Marseille. I don’t know what it looks like, I’ll see it for the first time” The young woman releases her hair braided with blue extensions.
Before continuing, in English: “I feel bad, believe me! It’s awful because we’re not in our country. We tried to move and now have to leave. We live in constant stress. I have a friend who has a job in Marseille and who is allotted a place to stay at the other end of town. Everyone keeps telling him That’s not their problem!”
For her part, Christina studies during the week and works on weekends. The only problem: she has to move her daughter from one school in Marseille to another.
After Ile-de-France, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is the second in France to welcome the largest number of Ukrainian citizens since the start of the war. Today, however, all accommodation sites are in the Bouches-du-Rhone department.
So the province announced that they will be transferred to other regions. Six in total: the regions of New Aquitaine, Occitanie, Hauts-de-France, Grand-Est, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.