Homeless individuals are a reality at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. This is above all a humanitarian problem that also comes with questions about security and hygiene at an international airport. As part of its social responsibility obligations, Groupe ADP has decided to partner with the Red Cross. It will contribute funds to help the homeless reintegrate into the community and help find them emergency housing.

Social aid for the homeless

  • The number of permanent homeless individuals at Paris-CDG: 93 – Dec. 2017. ( at a average of 87 over 2017)
  • The budget allocated by Groupe ADP to the Red Cross to help the homeless: €480,000 ( 2017)
  • The Red Cross works closely with ADP emergency services, the border police and chaplains
  • 4 “missions” for Décember 2017 – as person not returned after local treatment –  announced and carried out by the Red Cross :
    2 long-term housing solutions
    1 hospitalisation
    1 departure (21 over the year 2017)

Humanitarian workers

To handle this issue, Groupe ADP chose to act by calling on humanitarian and emergency-management workers.  The Red Cross was chosen (and before that, Emmaüs) because it responds best to the needs of the homeless community of Paris-CDG.The airport, with its 1,700 police officers on duty 24/7 and its 5,800 surveillance cameras is a safe place. It’s also a place where one can be forgotten.

The Red Cross monitors intervene under these circumstances to identify new arrivals, take care of them, listen to them, and offer them reintegration options and suitable emergency housing.

“Our help ranges from a simple haircut appointment to the creation of a file to help someone get admitted to a shelter”, said one Red Cross representative.

Multiple specific homeless communities

Along with the crowd of millions of passengers who pass through every year, a small group of homeless individuals mingle against the transient backdrop of the airport. Only the Diogenes-like among them (so-called for the homeless Greek philosopher) draw glances from travellers. Their pathology results in, among other symptoms, the need to accumulate objects.

“One of the various categories of homeless individuals living in the airport is the “Diogenes”. These people live at the site; they’re pathological travellers who settle in at the airport for several months and don’t want to leave. Before any initial diagnosis, it’s vital to talk to them to start a social dialogue as quickly as possible” Philippe Bargain, Head of Emergency Medical Services