Julia Descamps

PHD Student
Secretariat : Christine Gonzalez +33 (0)1 56 06 20 17

Research field(s)

"Family immigration" is the main motive for granting residence permits in France today. Since the 1970s, family reunification procedures have evolved considerably. Combining quantitative analysis and ethnographic fieldwork, my PhD thesis focusses on how family immigration is shaped by these family reunification procedures. My research aims to highlight how the institutional sphere penetrates the domestic sphere in the context of family migration. I study the impact of the immigrants' legal status on the transnational households and biographical trajectories. I seek to understand the relationships of immigrant families to the State and to migration administrations, by studying their everyday practice of the paperwork and their practical knowledge of law and migration policies. Finally, I study how family reunification policies transform, strengthen, or disrupt transnational families and their kinship ties, in practice.

See Resume (2023)

Some publications

Julia Descamps & Cris Beauchemin (2022) Reunifying or leaving a child behind: how official and unofficial state selection shape family immigration in France, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2022.2114888

Julia Descamps, « « Svp partagez vos parcours ». Expériences administratives du regroupement familial en France et stratégies collectives en ligne face aux institutions », Enfances Familles Générations [En ligne], 41 | 2022, mis en ligne le 15 septembre 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/efg/14398

Teaching activities, other functions, titles

Some communications :
« “Share your story”: Administrative experiences of family reunification in France and collective strategies towards institutions», American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 7th August 2022
« Faire les papiers, (dé)faire famille. La circulation des ressources administratives au sein des familles immigrées, entre solidarité, subordination et indépendance », INED Doctoral Symposium Day, 16th May 2022
« Reunifying or leaving one’s child behind: how do official and unofficial State selection shape family immigration in France? », International Population Conference, IUSSP, 7th December 2021 (online)
« Maisonnées migrantes, familles de papier. Recomposer sa famille en migration sous contrainte administrative », Séminaire Quantitativisme Réflexif, IDHE.S, ENS Paris-Saclay, 11 décembre 2020

Institutional investment :
2022-2023 : Doctoral students representative at CRESPPA-CSU
2020-2022 : Organization and moderation of CSU and INED doctoral seminars

Teaching :
2020-2023. Teaching at Université Paris-8 Vincennes Saint-Denis (200 heures).
- Transformations sociales du XXème siècle : approches
biographiques, L1
- Méthodes en sciences sociales, L1

IT tools :
- JDL "Making up places"
Algorithm to anonymize the names of French cities. DOI : 10.5281/zenodo.7688371
- Github