African Immigrant Families in Another France by Loretta E. Bass (auth.)

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If the individual was born in another country, the last question asks for the year that the individual arrived in France. In box 3 of the census form, the individual’s nationality is gathered. , by naturalization, declaration, or reaching majority age of 18). If the second response is checked, the individual then indicates his nationality at birth in the open-ended box. This individual is recorded as a migrant to France in official government statistics. The third response shows that the individual is a foreigner and not French, and if this response is checked, the individual indicates his nationality in the open-ended box.

This method allows for the inclusion of relevant factors that have not been previously hypothesized or examined (Berg 2007). I took notes during recorded interviews that I later transcribed and translated into English while in the field for later analysis. Because I met with respondents in person, I was able to observe other relevant information, such as the presentation of self. Face-to-face interviews also enabled me to observe facial expressions, attitudes, and feelings that may add meaning to participants’ responses.

However, not acknowledging a problem does not negate it. ” The French government’s refusal to provide an accurate count of those of immigrant descent after the first generation, as evidenced in the undercount discussion in the previous section, remains a real impediment to documenting discrimination or economic disparity by racial or ethnic origin in France (for example, see Lindgaard 2006). At the same time that French law outlines protections for individuals’ access to employment and full social integration, regardless of ethnic origins and religion, it has no effective mechanism in place to monitor these protections in a systematic manner.

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