Culture, Diversity and Immigration in France

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To Caitlin McAteer ’14, holding the hand of a rejected asylum seeker was transformative. The Fulbright scholar met transnational migrants during a study abroad trip the summer before graduation.

“For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed sitting and watching people and wondering why we, as humans, do what we do,” said the anthropology graduate who turned her summer in France into a research project.

McAteer wanted to discover why some people perceive foreigners as a threat and how to better integrate migrants into their new countries, so she spent four weeks volunteering at La Cimade, a nonprofit organization assisting displaced refugees in Béziers, a town in southern France.

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Read McAteer’s blog about her Fulbright year.

– Caroline Collier • Photos by Carolyn Cruz