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French determination office practices towards asylum seekers with vulnerabilities

Since 2013, the French determination office on asylum application (OFRA) has increasingly taken into account applicants with special needs, in particular victims of trafficking.

Thanks to the creation of a special group on vulnerabilities, victims of trafficking (or presumed) are interviewed by protection officers who are trained or supported by trainers officers on the topic, and the conditions of the interview as well as the methodology are adapted to this situation. A second interview can also be provided to better set the fear of persecutions. Moreover, OFPRA can rule on priority on an application or classify a priorized application as normal procedure, accept the request of the applicant to have an officer or interpreter of the same gender, or to be accompanied by an authorized association. Finally, OFPRA can also receive information from associations on a possible situation of trafficking of an applicant.