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Patrick Simon

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Patrick Simon

Patrick Simon is Director of Research at the Institut national d’études démographiques (National Institute for Demographic Studies; INED) and is a fellow researcher at the centre d'études européennes (Center for European Studies) at Sciences Po. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and a Fulbright Fellow in 2010-11.

Trained as a sociodemographer at L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences; EHESS), where he earned a doctoral degree in 1994, he has studied social and ethnic segregation in French cities, antidiscrimination policies, and the integration of ethnic minorities in European countries. He is one of the principal investigators of a large survey, Trajectories and Origins: The Diversity of Population in France, conducted by INED and the Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies). 

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Our updated country profile on France by MPI’s Kim Hamilton and INED’s Patrick Simon now includes information on the headscarf debate and new asylum data.

France's traditions of secularism and Roman Catholicism are being tested as the country tries to integrate a growing Muslim population, according to Patrick Simon of INED.

France is introducing a new three-pronged approach to immigrant integration: a revised integration plan, a proactive campaign against discrimination, and a more open but still highly selective immigration policy.

Fewer opportunities may await asylum seekers in France, where stricter policies are overlapping with strained resources.

Though roundly defeated in the French presidential elections, the extreme right may continue to influence French immigration policy.