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The Asylum Seekers in Non-Metropolitan Areas in France: Between Temporary Integration and Leading to Autonomy. The Case of the Ambertois Territory

Université Clermont Auvergne, AgroParisTech, Inra, Irstea, VetAgro Sup, Territoires, F-63000 Clermont–Ferrand, France
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(7), 210; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8070210
Received: 19 April 2019 / Revised: 2 July 2019 / Accepted: 4 July 2019 / Published: 5 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integration and Resettlement of Refugees and Forced Migrants)
This article focuses on the integration process of people seeking asylum in non-metropolitan areas in France. It conceptualizes the reception of asylum seekers involving two interrelated approaches: the utilitarian approach and the humanitarian approach. This article is based on surveys, participatory and sensitive cartography, and participant observation conducted in the Ambertois territory between 2017 and 2018. I find the Ambertois territory can be considered a “fragile space,” particularly in terms of demographics, with difficulties in maintaining public services. These difficulties are risks for asylum seekers, and are impacting the urban space. These risks are intensified by the national and regional level policies like the recent reform of the asylum and immigration act on the one hand, and the suffering they experienced throughout their migratory journey on the other. Faced with these risks, local synergies, which facilitate the integration of asylum seekers, are emerging from local actors. This integration is temporary and is considered by local actors as leading to the autonomy of asylum seekers. View Full-Text
Keywords: asylum seekers; non-metropolitan areas; fragile spaces; temporary integration; autonomy; dispersal policy; France asylum seekers; non-metropolitan areas; fragile spaces; temporary integration; autonomy; dispersal policy; France
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Arfaoui, R. The Asylum Seekers in Non-Metropolitan Areas in France: Between Temporary Integration and Leading to Autonomy. The Case of the Ambertois Territory. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 210.

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