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The Migration Seminar: Discrimination, colorblindness and antidiscrimination policy in France

Tid: 2017-04-06 14:15 -- 2017-04-06 16:00
Plats: Lounge room, 9th floor, MIM, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1
Målgrupp: all interested inresearch

Welcome to a research seminar with Patrick Simon, Directeur de recherche Chercheur associé au Centre d'etudes europeennes (Sciences Po),Unité Migrations Internationales et Minorités, Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques (INED), Paris.

Title: Discrimination in a colorblind society: racial divisions behind the French model of integration?


After being one of the most renowned “assimilationnist’s country” in the world, France has recently been engaged in quick changes in its framing of incorporation of “immigrants”. Indeed, not only the concepts and theories used to portray the processes behind the “remaking of the French mainstream” have dramatically changed but the categories of those targeted by these processes have also been renewed. Access of “new second generations” (i.e. those born from the waves of immigration of the 1950s and 1960s) to the job market and their visibility in social, political and cultural life have challenged the “French model of integration”.

This presentation will first set up the background on which discrimination can be studied in the French context, and then will confront the normative model of colorblindness to the trajectories of potentially racialized immigrants and second generation. I will argue that the salience of race and ethnicity for minority members in contemporary France is challenging the expectations of equality beyond race and that discrimination has a devastating impact on the political model of colorblindness. Data come from a new survey Trajectories and Origins: a survey on population diversity in France, which is the largest survey ever done in France on immigrants and second generation. Promoted by INED and the French National Statistical Institute (INSEE), the survey gathered information via a long questionnaire administered in face-to-face interviews to 22 000 respondents from 5 specific sub-samples: Immigrants (8300), descendents of Immigrants (8200), Overseas French (700), descendents of Overseas French (700) and “mainstream population” (3900). Findings on employment, housing segregation, intermarriage and social networks, and discrimination will be presented to support the thesis of an ongoing process of racialization of the French society and the rise of ethnic and racial minorities.


The seminar will be held in English. 

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Christian Fernández
Associate Professor in Political Science
Department of Global Political Studies and
Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare
Malmö University
205 06 Malmö
Phone: +46 (0)40 665 73 51
E-mail: christian.fernandez@mah.se

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