As of December 31, 2020, there were 455,295 refugees and persons under other forms of international protection in France, according to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA). The main countries of origin are Afghanistan, Syria, Sri Lanka, Russia and DRC.

UNHCR's Representation in France has been in operation since 1952. It provides advice to the French authorities and asylum institutions. The office works in close contact with various actors, including national and local authorities, the civil society, the private sector, universities, and the media, to promote the cause of refugees and pursue legal pathways. The Representation also develops partnerships to help refugees integrate in France, focusing on their direct participation.

The office raises awareness on situations of forced displacement globally and the need for increased solidarity in line with the Global Compact on Refugees.

For information about our work in France:

  • Information for refugees and asylum-seekers in France –
  • Visit our country website - France (Français)
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

Contact Information

Représentant pour la France du HCR

Street Address:
7 rue Henri Rochefort,, 75017 Paris, France

Mailing Address:

33 1 44 434 858

[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 1

Working Hours:
Monday: 9:00 - 18:00
Tuesday: 9:00 - 18:00
Wednesday: 9:00 - 18:00
Thursday: 9:00 - 18:00
Friday: 9:00 - 18:00

Public Holidays:
18 April 2022, Easter Monday
03 May 2022, Eid Al-Fitr
26 May 2022, Ascension Day
11 July 2022, Eid Al-Adha (observed)
14 July 2022, National Holiday
15 August 2022, Assumption
01 November 2022, All Saint's Day
11 November 2022, Remembrance Day
26 December 2022, Christmas Day (observed)

Accueil des visiteurs du lundi au jeudi de 9h30 à 12h30. Visitors will be welcomed from Monday to  Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm