The shifting contours of the “family” in an integration policy aimed at Roma migrants: A case study

By Alexandra Clavé-Mercier


The case study proposed here recounts the experience of a Bulgarian Roma family supported in an “integration project” in France. The aim is to analyze how the political and institutional treatment of Roma migrants has an impact on the families themselves and on their relatives. The article queries several points: the identity dynamics resulting from the accompaniment in this project and the consequences of this change in the daily life of the couple and in their relations with their peers. Accounting for the subjectivity of these Bulgarian Roma in contact with the actors of the project allows for a questioning of the notion of “integration” as put forward by the institutions.


  • migrants
  • Roma
  • integration
  • family
  • subjectivities
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