Thursday 16th of April
Dr. Beate Collet, Université Paris-Sorbonne
The Challenges of Ethnic Diversity in French Society Today
Migration is an old phenomenon in French society since the 19th century, linked to colonialism on the one side and to workforce immigration on the other. French society today is a multiethnic country; almost 30% of the population has a foreign origin or parents coming from abroad. Whereas French politics still stick to the old republican conception, they slowly open up to study and count migrants as minority groups and immigrant descendants according to their origins. I will first present some figures from the huge survey in France, called ‘Trajectoires et Origines’ (TeO, INED-INSEE, 2008) which shows how ethnic diversity appears concretely (the different groups, distribution in the country, in the job sectors, school results of immigrant descendants etc.). Then I will focus on marital choices and religious belongings and last but not least I would like to discuss with you some items from the current political debate since the terrorist attacks in January 2015.