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Du transfrontalier au transnational : Approche géographique. L'exemple de la frontière franco-belge

Grégory Hamez 1
GC (UMR_8504) - Géographie-cités
Abstract : What is the evolution of EU internal boundaries in the context of an increasing European integration? This research focuses on the spatial nature of the boundaries, at the moment they change, in terms of discontinuity and barrier effect. The research field is the boundary between France and Belgium, from the coast to Lille. The evolution of spontaneous border relations between populations is mainly carried through an analysis of mixed marriages for the last decades, at a local scale and at a national scale. As one of the main outputs, the contacts are growing between the Belgians and the French in the whole national territories, but there is no major change in the border zone. In other terms, the border effects spread at the national scale. And paradoxically, there are less close relations between the Flemish from France and Belgium. The reason for that stands in the increasing linguistic divergence between both sides of the border. The border change is also institutional, with customs redeployment and cross border / transnational cooperation emergence. These transformations imply a change in terms of spatial scale: the transnational / European scale looks more and more relevant to understand and manage border matters.
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Grégory Hamez. Du transfrontalier au transnational : Approche géographique. L'exemple de la frontière franco-belge. Géographie. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2004. Français. ⟨tel-00007191⟩



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