The immigrant integration process in France : inequalities and segmentation
This article focuses on the integration of immigrants in France as a demographic, economic, social and political process. It uses quantitative methods, and statistical data from a 1992 INSEE-INED survey entitled « Mobilité Géographique et Insertion Sociale » (MGIS ; Geographic mobility and social integration). Taking off from literature stressing the multidimensional, segmented character of the immigrant integration process, the research worked to develop an empirical typology of that process that would allow for testing the relevance of various models. It shows that the classic integration hypothesis, which posits the existence of a uniform convergence process, is only validated for the case of Spanish immigrants. The other communities represented in the survey seem characterized by more complex and further segmented models.