Country : TUNISIA - MALI - SENEGAL - CAMEROUN - ARMenia
This summer I directed 10 films Portraits of foreigners having been helped by the OFII : French Office for Immigration and Integration (attached to the Ministry of the Interior) for the socio-professional return in their country of origin. Today each of these people received a support by the OFII
to bring to a successful conclusion their new life projects.
Created in 1945, OFII, French Office for Immigration and Integration is now the only French State’s operator in charge of immigration procedures (family, student and professional), the reception of asylum seekers, the integration of new arrivals and the voluntary return and reintegration of foreign nationals.
Produced by Burgundi Prod, we went to meet them in their country. We followed each person for 2 days and transcribed in each of the films
their new life and hope for the future.
Adama, farmer in mali
« I was really worried about going back to Mali
but OFII kept all their promises »
Adama Diara is a young farmer who decided to leave his home region of Koulikoro and set off for Europe in 2007. One day he would like to extend his plan and start selling the produce he grows himself. “I was really worried about what’d happen once I got home, but OFII kept all its promises”, he says, with a smile on his face.
More here : voluntaryreturn.fr/stories/adama-farmer
Hamda, weaver in Tunisia
« I had no papers, no money and I was losing all hope »
Hamda is now 60, and hopes and wants to get all kinds of plans going. When he thinks about France, he imagines all the exhibitions of towels and weaving work in which he will be involved and the market that will open up to him.
More here : voluntaryreturn.fr/stories/hamda-weaver
Apolinnaire, carpenter in cameroun
« Now I’ve got two apprentices who’re being trained up
just the way I was »
In the hope of finding a better job as a carpenter in France, Apollinaire decided to leave Cameroon in 2010. Unfortunately, he received a very poor reception when he arrived, even among his friends and family who were already living in the country. “I saw everything fall apart”, he tells us. Apollinaire, who is 35, now dreams of opening a sawmill and buying machines to expand his workshop.
More here : voluntaryreturn.fr/stories/apollinaire-carpenter
narek, farmer in armenia
« I cannot describe with words how I felt when I went
back to Armenia »
Narek come from Garni in Armenia and takes care of his own greenhouses with OFII 's help. Created in 1945, OFII, French Office for Immigration and Integration is now the only French State’s operator in charge of immigration procedures (family, student and professional), the reception of asylum seekers, the integration of new arrivals and the voluntary return and reintegration of foreign nationals.
More here : voluntaryreturn.fr/stories/narek-strawberry-producer
Yaya, counsellor in Mali
« I’ve always wanted to do something both for my own country and for the continent of Africa as a whole »
Yaya Kané is from Mopti in Mali. At the moment he is doing an internship at Care International, an international organisation which works in 710 villages in Mali in order to set up grants relating to child nutrition, family farms and sanitation..
More here : voluntaryreturn.fr/stories/yaya-counsellor
Mohamed, farmer in Tunisia
"I’ve made my childhood dream come true in Tunisia"
The grant from the OFII allowed him to buy some livestock and, with his own small savings along with his mother’s, he took over a farm and opened a grocery shop in Sers, in north-western Tunisia.
More here : voluntaryreturn.fr/stories/mohamed-farmer