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Migration and Citizenship

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International migrations have become the focus of current public debates and policies in various regions of the world, including Europe.

With the creation of the Migration Program in 2005 and then the Center for Migration and Citizenship in 2011, the French institute of international relations - Ifri was the first research institute to analyze migration and new practices of citizenship as a matter of international relations. In order to respond to a complex and polarizing issue, the Center for Migration and Citizenship aims at better shaping the debate and research with an independent and non-polemical approach. The Center’s work is directed to all kind of stakeholders active in the field of migration at the local, national, European and international levels: decision and law makers, authorities, not-for-profit organizations and the private sector.

The Center for Migration and Citizenship offers a unique perspective on migration and citizenship issues in France through:

  • Activities at the crossroad of academic research, support to decision making and capacity building of actors in the field;
  • An analysis of the gaps and tensions between public policies and needs in the field;
  • A multidisciplinary research blending sociological, political and legal approaches;
  • An original methodology that involves, in a proactive and dynamic way, the main stakeholders and social actors concerned by the topic: public institutions, policymakers, NGOs, private companies, migrants, and the inhabitants of the less favored neighborhoods throughout Europe. These groups constitute at the same time the target and the contributors to the center’s projects.
Christophe BERTOSSI

Senior Research Fellow, Director of Ifri's Center for Migration and Citizenship

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Matthieu TARDIS

Research Fellow, Center for Migration and Citizenship

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Daniele JOLY

Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Migration and Citizenship

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08/05/2007
By: Christophe BERTOSSI, Vincent THOUVENIN

For a long time, French and British integration policies have formed two mutually exclusive paradigms. Based on ideological elements introduced by the French Revolution, French citizenship refuses any ethno-racial based distinction in the public sphere. In comparison with this conception of...

30/03/2007

For a long time, French military with migration background have been counting on the army to erase the social and cultural prejudice they have been suffering. But are they really military as others or are they constituing a specific population? Does the French army offers the opportunity for...

31/01/2007

At the end of 2005, the policy response to the suburban riots in France pointed to the so-called anti-integration attitudes of migrants, whose identities were highlighted as the core problem facing their social, cultural and political integration into French society. As a matter of fact,...

30/11/2006
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The EU anti-discrimination agenda, as set out by the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997, has become a major issue for understanding the future of citizenship in Europe. This timely collection, which features internationally renowned contributors, including Andrew Geddes, Etienne Balibar, Stephen Castles...

01/08/2005

Canada has implemented an immigration and integration policy that is very different from the European experience. This Policy Paper analyzes some of the lessons that one can draw from the Canadian model. It explains why this model may not be suitable for most of the European countries, but...

01/07/2005

The identities issue still does not find a legitimite place in the debates on the future of the french republican model. At the time of questionning the integration models in most of european immigration countries, the french model should now answer the question: How french citizenship should...

01/10/2001
By: Rémy LEVEAU, Catherine WIHTOL DE WENDEN, Khadija MOHSEN-FINAN, (eds.)

With the installation of new migrants, and as new expressions of identity and citizenship have been lately emerging, European countries have adopted quite diverse integration policies. This essay proposes both an analysis and an interpretation of this complex phenomenon.

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