I am volunteering in a French association helping migrant people who want to take their studies up again get through the administrative difficulties. Many volunteers are good-willing people but not experts, often lacking knowledge when it comes to giving advice (administration and legislation are complex matters, even for native people). More generally, having precise knowledge about migrants' rights, what they can do, and how to do it, is of great importance for anyone willing to help, as they can't necessarily access this knowledge themselves.
A resource on SE would be extremely useful for this purpose as it would centralize the precise knowledge that volunteers and migrants, who can access internet, could use. Questions would include:
- Can I apply to college with/without a refugee status ?
- How can I get this form ?
- Can I be arrested if I go to this administration ?
- Where can I learn French ?
I wondered if such a project could fit into SE policy and asked so on area 51, where I was redirected to this community and Law.
I saw indeed questions about refugees here (less specific though), but also that not everybody likes that. To my mind, bringing my project here could potentially cause two issues :
- If this was to work, many non-expats people would come here to talk exclusively about legislation and administrative matters for migrant people, which could lead to a kind of entryism.
- At least at the beginning, this will be nearly only about France (because people I would talk into coming here would be French).
I'm getting far ahead of what is reasonable to expect here: at this point, this is only my idea and it is very possible that my folks don't like it and never use SE. However, I find it good and will try to make it happen. If I was to succeed, would such a project be welcome here or would it be off-topic?