Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Voiceless in Between: France’s Refugee Population and the Challenges of the Current Migration Crisis
by Christianson, Sacha , M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2018, 78; 27605875
Abstract (Summary)

The immigration crisis is at the forefront of global issues. This thesis proposes to analyze the current refugee situation in France, putting it in the context of theory that examines issues surrounding identity, citizenship, and belonging or exclusion from a sovereign state. Through a discussion of the thoughts of contemporary theorists concerning the dichotomy of citizenship - legality versus illegality - I will examine perceptions and views supported by civil society, state actors, and non-governmental organizations on the topics of humanitarianism and “fearism.” Focusing on the refugee, immigrant, and asylum seeker within the space of the camps in northern France, Sangatte and the surrounding “jungles”, I will first examine French immigration policy and the image and definition of the Other. I will then use theory and case studies from camp volunteers and researchers to form an analysis of the refugee situation and ongoing immigration crisis in France. Specifically, I will look at how the current social movements are allowing refugees and detained migrants to break away from the labels they have been given, and from the barriers confining them, both legal and physical. Finally, I will address the question of how possible resolutions to existing dichotomies, such as the identity of “victim” and “the repressed” versus “agents of agency,” may enter into the conversation. Through movements giving a voice to the Other and by the undefining of identities thus creating a space of possibility, we can and must develop a functional concept of citizenship.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perry, Susan
Commitee: Kuo, Michelle
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Social structure, International Relations
Keywords: Refuge, Immigration, Asylum, Refugee camp, Citizenship, France
Publication Number: 27605875
ISBN: 9781088346419
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