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The Weight of the Colonial Past on Immigration Policy in France

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University, Morningside Campus, East Gallery, Buell Hall

Alexis Spire discusses how French immigration policies bear the marks of a colonial past that has often been disguised or camouflaged by the French government.

Alexis Spire is a Research Fellow with the CNRS at the University of Lille 2. He is a sociologist and a specialist of French immigration and asylum policy.
His books on this topic include Etrangers à la carte : L'administration de l'immigration en France (1945-1975) (2005) and Accueillir ou reconduire : Enquête sur les guichets de l'immigration (2008).