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Published on Oct 22, 2015
The following video about how The Episcopal Church is helping refugees escaping war and persecution to find new homes in France, was first published in June 2013.
Much of the story is still relevant more than 2 years later. However, since the video was published, Association d’Entraide aux Minorités d’Orient (Association to Support Eastern Minorities), set up to help the French government identify candidates eligible for asylum, has helped to resettle a further 1,300 refugees, bringing the total number to more than 2,600.
Although the association, set up in 2007 by Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe and Iraqi businessman Elish Yako, has largely focused on Iraqi Christian refugees, in the past two years it has helped many Syrian minorities escaping persecution.
The association often meets the refugees as they enter France and assists them with integration and administrative issues.