From National Education to Humanitarian. The former socialist minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was elected this Saturday to the presidency of France Terre d’Asile (FTDA), a juggernaut in the reception and support of exiles, the NGO said in a press release.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, as president of the association, will not be an employee of FTDA, indicates the latter. She also retains the general management of ONE, an NGO which fights in particular against extreme poverty. She also chairs the strategic council of Tent Partnership for Refugees, a foundation that mobilizes private sector companies to welcome refugees into employment in their country of settlement.
Estate of Thierry Le Roy
FTDA announced mid-June the arrival of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, effective Saturday, when the board of directors is renewed. The former Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research under François Hollande succeeds State Councilor Thierry Le Roy, whose second term is coming to an end.
“Few are the actors who, to this point, inspire you with respect,” said Najat Vallaud-Belkacem in the association’s press release. “France land of asylum is 50 years of defending, never faulted, those whom fate has forced to leave their land to seek asylum elsewhere”. “Fifty years of reception, information, orientation, accommodation, psychological support for exhausted, traumatized individuals, confronted for so long with a hostile environment, and among them especially unaccompanied foreign minors”, adds the former minister. “It is by their fate, by the permanent revolt against the instrumentalization that is made in the public debate of these vulnerable among the vulnerable, that I have come to watch and admire the work of France Terre d’Asile” .