Dozens of refugees from Chile have started a new life in France with the help of the French Government and religious welfare organisations.
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Background: Dozens of refugees from Chile have started a new life in France with the help of the French Government and religious welfare organisations.
The 125 refugees arrived in Paris, from the chilean capital, Santiago, on the 27 and 28 of January. They had sought refuge at the French Embassy in Santiago after the military coup of II September last year.
The group included about 30 non-Chileans -- most of them from other parts of Latin America -- and about the same number of children.
Since their arrival, the refugees have been accommodated at seventeen centres throughout France. They have been receiving 47 francs (about four pounds sterling) a day from the French Government. Various religious organisations have been helping them to find permanent accommodation and to learn French.
France was among the first countries to recognise Chile's new military regime.
SYNOPSIS: At the town of Chamerolles in central France, dozens of refugees from Chile have started a new life with the help of the French government and religious welfare organisations. One hundred and twenty five refugees arrived at Orly Airport at the end of last month. They had sought refuge at the french Embassy in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after the military coup in September last year.
Since they arrived in France, the refugees have been accommodated at seventeen centres throughout the country. The group included about thirty non-Chileans -- mostly from other Latin American countries -- and about the same number of children. They'vs been living in temporary accommodation, while welfare organisations try to find them work and housing.
One of the major obstacles for the refugees is learning a new language. Both adults and children are being sent to schools each day. The French government has been paying each adult four pounds a day until they can find work. Most of the refugees arrived with no money and no possessions.
France is expected to accept more refugees from Chile in the next few weeks. More than two hundred people sought refuge at the French Embassy in Santiago. But some of them had not been granted safe conduct passes by the new military regime, and were under investigation for possible criminal offences. The refugees in France are among more than two thousand who have left Chile since the coup. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has been looking after about one hundred and fifty people who have not been accepted by any country.