Identification with Immigrants

  • Jacek KuberaEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


This chapter first analyses situations where French of Algerian origin (FAOs) identify themselves as migrants. On the one hand, that identification is used as additional confirmation of being French, e.g. when an immigrant describes their living within French society as a conscious choice. On the other hand, the social ‘inheritability’ of immigrant status by FAOs may be presented as an argument against their Frenchness, e.g. the conviction that they are not at home in France, or because of having experienced xenophobia. When FAOs visit Algeria, they are called emigrants. In addition, the context of migration favours certain characteristics being interpreted as national, even if they are considered neutral outside that context. At the end of the chapter, situations are discussed in which objections are made to connecting the national identification of FAOs with the context of migration.


Inheritability of migration Illusion of return Racism Islamophobia Arabophobia Anti-immigrant attitudes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of SociologyAdam Mickiewicz University in PoznańPoznańPoland

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