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Helping the City of Paris reduce inequalities and combat exclusion

The CEB’s €200 million loan to the City of Paris will part-finance investments in education infrastructure and reception facilities for refugees.

city of paris project.jpgFaced with a growing number of school children as a result of migration and urbanisation, the City of Paris is making the modernisation of educational infrastructure one of its investment priorities. The current investment plan, which aims to improve educational standards, is also part of a larger policy to offset the impact of social and economic inequalities on educational achievement.  

CEB financing will be used for the construction of new schools and the renovation of existing premise in the 18th, 19th and 20th districts of Paris, which have population of different origins, whose average household incomes are well below the city median.  

Moreover, a key part of the project involves improving the inclusion of people with disabilities through increased accessibility of schools. At present, fewer than 25% of schools in Paris are accessible for pupils or teachers with disabilities.  

Approximately 35,000 pupils will benefit from the modernisation of school infrastructure.  

In addition, Paris has to accommodate a rising number of refugees, when the current facilities are already overstretched. The city’s investment plan, part-financed by the CEB, addresses the urgent need to accommodate 5400 additional arrivals.  

CEB funds will finance emergency reception facilities and will also be used for welfare centres and the provision of French language courses, with the aim of facilitating the long-term integration of migrants and refugees.