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Mooney, Margarita A. (2008). Structures de Médiation et Intégration des Immigrants Haïtiens à Paris [Mediating Structures and the Adaptation of Haitian Immigrants in Paris]. Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales [European Review of International Migration], 24(1), 89-114.


In this article, I use official French government data and interviews with Haitian immigrants to analyze the paths through which Haitians have entered and settled in France. Despite the lack of legal channels for Haitian immigration to France, in the last 20 years, the size of the Haitian population in France has grown from just a few thousand mostly professional immigrants to include 25,000 people of varied educational levels and mostly low-wage occupations. Using never-before published data I collected from INSEE, I show that Haitian immigrants live mostly in the Parisian banlieue, and not unlike other residents of the banlieue, they exhibit high levels of unemployment and poverty. I then use interviews with Haitians in France and observations of their community events to argue that current debates about immigrant integration in France have largely overlooked the potential mediating role that religious institutions can play on behalf of immigrants.

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Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales [European Review of International Migration]


Mooney, Margarita A.