Migrants in european cities : re-shaping urban spaces ?

15.01.2020 - 17.10.2019

This conference aims to bring together researchers specialized in the study of migrations in Europe, with a focus on the urban and social impacts of migrants’ settlement in European cities and a preference for bottom-up and longitudinal approaches. A fieldwork visit will be organized for the conference participants as well as a roundtable with local political and associative actors.


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In recent years, migrations have become a challenging issue for European countries, especially for metropolises attracting migrants from various areas in the world. Indeed, in urban conurbations, migratory influx contributes to the development of reception areas that are marked by their « ethnic » components. In these areas, migrants of many nationalities, often recently arrived, group together to live and develop their own cultural, religious or economic activities (Ma Mung, 2006; Ebilitigué, 2014; Ma Mung, 2016). The conference aims to analyze if the impact of migrations on local spaces is configuring « ethnoburbs » (Li, 2008), « multicultural » (Martiniello, 1997; Perez-Agate, Tejerina, Barañano, 2010) or « multiethnic » neighbourhoods (Raulin, 2000; Levitt & Glick-Schiller, 2003; Capone, 2008; Thibaud, 2015); or on the contrary, contributing to the formation of « mono-ethnic » or strongly segregated spaces and neighbourhoods from an ethnic or national point of view, due to either the hyper-concentration of a particular migrant group or the segregation of the autochthonous population with respect to migrants.
At the finer intra-urban scale, what are the factors which contribute to these types of settlement processes rather than others? How do these populations choose where to settle? How are economic activities linked to such migration processes? How do households coming from abroad try to get involved in the city by means of associations, of politics? How do urban policies at a local scale face these new dynamics? How are the migrants integrated? Such interrogations need to draw on different fields of research: urban sociology, social geography, economic geography, political studies, urban planning, cultural studies and gender studies.

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