France

Collectif EN JEU

Collectif EN JEU is the Homeless World Cup Partner in France. As a collective of a number of associations and other organisations, they organise sports events as well as cultural programmes for disadvantaged people.

Originally organised by the Parisian collective “Remise en jeu,” Team France have been participating in the Homeless World Cup since 2004. Since 2011, Collectif EN JEU, based in and around Montpellier, have taken on the organisation of the annual national tournament “Tournoi national de la solidarité” (National Solidarity Tournament). They are also in charge of the selection, training, and preparation of the French Team prior to the Homeless World Cup.

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Organisation Details

Participants

Homeless men and women living in supported accommodation or in hostels

Locations

Avignon, Lille, Marseille, Montauban, Paris, Poitiers, Rodez, Vesoul, and Montpellier

Homelessness Statistics

169%

Increase in number of homeless people 2011-2018 (FEANTSA, 2018)

566

Homeless people that died in 2018 (Reuters, 2019)

12,000

Number of people sleeping on the streets of France (Reuters, 2019)

Homelessness is rising especially among immigrants – there are around 90,000 new immigrants in France every year, mostly from Eastern European countries (The Local, 2014). Roma people from Romania and Bulgaria make up the majority of people living in slums (FEANTSA, 2018).

There is a significant lack of temporary accommodation available through France’s housing system, which is often overwhelmed by the amount of emergency calls (EOH, 2018).