London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Immigrant Perceptions of Their Adjustment to France: A phenomenology

Author(s) Winstead, L.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2010  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship  
Age group -  
While immigrants generally feel extreme pressure to assimilate and desire to be accepted by those in the host country, they face a number of challenges including inequitable schooling practices and lack of access to social and cultural capital that could further their entry into higher education and gainful employment outside of the service industry. This phenomenological study explored the lived experiences of three adult male immigrants from nonEuropean backgrounds: Malagasy, Moroccan, and Algerian. The research explores the ways in which they adjusted to French society and perceived the inclusion of those who comprise the nondominant group of immigrants and “immigrant citizens” in France. Findings reveal that all three experienced discrimination based on their colour, name, or ethnic origin. Yet, how they felt and perceived immigrant adjustment or integration differed based on their own experiences and values. Key words: Immigrants, integration, identity, marginalization, perceptions

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