From the outset, under the leadership of Abbé Pierre, the Emmaus movement was built by supporting, involving and integrating the people it welcomes.
Gradually, it has created more and more spaces for training, debate and decision-making to give the most excluded people the means to become solidarity actors and play an active role in social transformation. The fight against inequality and poverty cannot be won without the involvement of the most vulnerable.
However, the need for participation carries less and less weight in the face of economic and private interests. This trend of excluding people from participating in the development of policies that affect them poses a real threat to democracy.