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Making Space: Neighbors, Officials, and North African Migrants in the Suburbs of Paris and Lyon

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Since the 2005 urban protests in France public debate has often centered on questions of how the country has managed its relationship with its North African citizens and residents. In Making Space Melissa K. Byrnes considers how four French suburbs near Paris and Lyon reacted to rapidly growing populations of North Africans, especially Algerians before, during, and after the Algerian war. In particular, Byrnes investigates what motivated local actors such as municipal officials, regional authorities, employers, and others to become involved in debates over migrant rights and welfare, and the wide variety of strategies community leaders developed in response to the migrants' presence. An examination of the ways local policies and attitudes formed and re-formed communities offers a deeper understanding of the decisions that led to the current tensions in French society and questions about France's ability--and will--to fulfill the promise of liberty, equality, and fraternity for all of its citizens. Byrnes uses local experiences to contradict a version of French migration history that reads the urban unrest of recent years as preordained.

ISBN-13: 9780803290730

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date: 01-01-2024

Pages: 338

Series: France Overseas: Studies in Empire and Decolonization