Migration and immigration are high on any nation’s agenda but have particular resonance in Europe in light of recent events. The new edition of this book has been fully updated in this respect and explores: • Immigration policy in individual EU nations • The treatment of migrants, including immigrant policies • The development and effects of the Shengen agreement • The movement towards common EU policies. It looks specifically at the contexts of Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey as well as a examining the changing nature of migration dynamics in central and Eastern Europe. This book is a significant and timely analysis suitable for students of migration at any level.
Chapter 3: France: Still the One and Indivisible Republic?
While not the first and last such incident, in October and November 2005 the idea of an ‘indivisible’ French Republic united by common citizenship and supposedly eschewing divisions of race, culture, ethnicity and religion was confronted by rioting in many French cities. These riots involved mainly young people of Arab and African origin, most of whom were descendants of immigrants. The riots followed an incident where a young boy of immigrant descent died after a police pursuit. These and other riots were seen to show that a French emphasis on assimilation had not addressed serious problems of youth alienation and unemployment and that discrimination was an important concern in the ‘indivisible ...