Bilal, a 17-year-old Kurdish refugee, has travelled thousands of miles through the Middle East and Europe to join his girlfriend, who lives in England. His journey comes to an abrupt end when he arrives in Calais, on the French side of the Channel. He decides to swim across the Channel, and goes to the local swimming pool to take lessons. There he meets Simon, a swimming instructor, who becomes his friend.
'Welcome' is both a harsh indictment of French immigration policy and a humane plea for tolerance by director Philippe Loiret.