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Territoires multiples, accueil pluriel : géographie sociale de l’accueil des demandeurs d’asile dans les espaces non-métropolitains

Abstract : This PhD thesis focuses on the reception of asylum seekers in non-metropolitan areas. From a social geography approach based on an actor-space-time triptych, this research highlights how a territory, by its material and ideal support and by the life experience of its actors, produces different local policies of reception. In return, the reception policies reshape non-metropolitan areas, via new spatialities and solidarities. Furthermore, the analysis of asylum seekers' migratory journey shows that reception begins well before an asylum seekers’ arrival in non-metropolitan spaces; it starts when they leave the threshold of their homes. The fragmented construction of reception, in and throughout the experience of the migratory journey, takes place in the forms of borders, violence and the difficulty of finding an anchorage. By considering waiting as a productive form, this work highlights the temporary integration process during the asylum application. The common point of local reception policies for asylum seekers in non-metropolitan areas is the construction of local justice combining both spatial and migratory justice. This study is based on semi-directive interviews, mental maps, participatory and sensitive cartography. This methodology is part of a threefold reflection: ethical (not reproducing symbolic violence against the interviewees by face-to-face discursive interviews and injunctions to tell their life-story), political (understanding their spatial and social hopes), and epistemological (rethinking the cartographic production process). The fieldwork was conducted in three non-metropolitan areas of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, including rural areas and small towns
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Mohammed Rafik Arfaoui. Territoires multiples, accueil pluriel : géographie sociale de l’accueil des demandeurs d’asile dans les espaces non-métropolitains. Géographie. Université Clermont Auvergne, 2021. Français. ⟨NNT : 2021UCFAL008⟩. ⟨tel-03624276⟩



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