Julie Fromentin

Postdoctoral fellow
julie.fromentin@ined.fr Researcher website
Secretariat : Geraldine Sheik Adam +33(0)1 56 06 57 37

Research field(s)

Current job position : post-doctoral fellow within the PAVIM project - "Rethinking small and medium-sized cities" - Gustave Eiffel University - EA Analyse Comparée des Pouvoirs

Researcher website:

- https://pagespro.univ-gustave-eiffel.fr//julie-fromentin

- https://cv.archives-ouvertes.fr/juliefromentin

THESIS : Singular paths, plural countryside. The spatial embedding of migrants in low density areas of metropolitan France.

Supervisors : France Guérin-Pace (Paris 1, INED) and Christophe Imbert (PR U. of Rouen, IDEES)

Abstract: An essential and long-lasting component of French society, migrant populations have been growing in number in the countryside and cities since the 1970s. While most works on residential migration to the countryside and on the geographical paths of migrants rarely foreground rural and suburban settlements, this dissertation focuses specifically on the spatial settling of migrants in low density areas of metropolitan France. This project aims to understand the articulation of the increasing variety of migrants’ individual paths, and their settling in spaces undergoing deep changes. Using statistical analysis of census data (1968-2015) and a biographical study (Histoire de Vie, Insee, 2003), this project recounts the development of the geography of migrants in low density areas in the last fifty years. This dissertation uncovers a multilayered process by which migrant populations have become less concentrated in the countryside. This process is characterized in part by the emergence of new destinations for migration in Western France, and by the rise in internal migrations towards the outer periphery of large urban centers since the 2000s. This spatial dynamic is often accompanied by the diversifying social profiles of migrants in low density areas. In the context of the globalization of the countryside, these processes can in some cases lead to the development of a rural cosmopolitanism. Therefore, this dissertation provides a lens that decenters urban areas in our analysis of immigration in France, while adding to our knowledge of the social diversity of France’s countryside.

Some publications



- Fromentin J., 2021, « The spatial deconcentration of immigration towards non‐ metropolitan areas in France (1975–2015) », Population, Space and Place, e2518, URL : https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/psp.2518

- Berthomière W., Fromentin J., Hochedez C., Imbert C., Lessault D., Pistre P. et Przybyl S., 2021, « Présences étrangères dans les campagnes du Sud-Ouest de la France. Contribution d’initiatives récentes à la diversification sociale et économique des espaces ruraux », Cybergeo : European Journal of Geography [En ligne], URL : http://journals.openedition.org/cybergeo/37624

- Berthomière W., Fromentin J., Lessault D., Michalon B., Przybyl S., 2020, “The Reception of Exiles in Rural France: National Guidelines and Local Variations of a Dispersion Policy”, Revue européenne des migrations internationales, vol. 36 - n°2 et 3 | URL: http://journals.openedition.org/remi/17873

- Fromentin Julie, 2021, “Migrations like any other? Internal migrations of immigrants in the French countryside (2011-2015)”, Espace populations sociétés [Online], Hors-série | URL: http://journals.openedition.org/eps/12208

- Fromentin J. et Pistre P., 2021, "Immigrants in rural France: small numbers but increasingly diverse origins", Population & Societies, 2021/7 (No 591), p. 1-4. URL: https://www.cairn-int.info/journal-population-and-societies-2021-7-page-1.htm

- Fromentin J. et Pistre P., 2021, « Campagnes françaises et immigration : un peu plus de 4% des habitants ont des origines de plus en plus variées », The Conversation. URL : https://theconversation.com/campagnes-francaises-et-immigration-un-peu-plus-de-4-des-habitants-ont-des-origines-de-plus-en-plus-variees-167150

« Fischer Nicolas, Hamidi Camille, 2016, Les politiques migratoires, Paris, La Découverte, Repères, 127 p. », Population, vol. 72, no. 2, 2017, pp. 370-371.


- May 2021 : "L'immigration dans les dynamiques démographiques et sociales des espaces peu denses de France métropolitaine", Workshop "Politiques publiques, campagnes et décroissance", EHESS, Paris, France
- November 2020 : "Politiques territoriales et transformations socio-spatiales de l’immigration dans les espaces peu denses en France : apports d’une approche géographique", International Conference of the CIST "Population, temps, territoires", Aubervilliers, France
- September 2020 : "Les mutations des configurations socio-spatiales de l'immigration dans les espaces peu denses depuis les années 1970 ", Research Unit "Logement, inégalités spatiales et trajectoires", INED, Paris, France
- Feb. 2020 : "New Immigrant Settlement and Housing Patterns in Rural France : Another Look at Rural Change", IMISCOE Spring Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
- June 2019 : "(Im)mobilities, diversity and rural change : new patterns of immigrant settlement in rural France", European Society for Rural Sociology Congress, Trondheim, Norway
- June 2019 : "Permanences et changements des structures spatiales de l'immigration dans les campagnes françaises (1975-2015) : déconcentration spatiale et diversification sociale", Research Unit "Migrations internationales et Minorités", INED, Paris, France
- May 2019 : "Utiliser le package MonetDBLite", Workshop of the Service des Méthodes Statistiques, INED, Paris, France
- May 2019 : "L'évolution de la répartition spatiale des immigrés hors des grandes villes en France entre 1975 et 2015: déconcentration et diversification", Doctoral Workshop, INED, Paris, France.
- May 2018 : "L'immigration dans les espaces peu denses en France métropolitaine: réflexions méthodologiques et premiers résultats sur les mobilités récentes", Unit Research "Identités et territoires des populations ,INED, Paris, France.
- May 2018, with Przybyl S. : "Diversité de l'habitat des migrants en milieu rural : approche méthodologique et résultats exploratoires", Le Logement et l'Habitat. Conference "Jeunes chercheur-e-s" REHAL 2018 , Toulouse, France.
- April 2018 : "Provincializing Migration Studies : Are There Non-Metropolitan Gateways of Immigration in France ?", American Association of Geographers - Annual Meeting , New Orleans, USA
- April 2018, with Guérin-Pace F. : "Rural Areas in Immigrants' Trajectories in France : a Common or Special Feature ?", American Association of Geographers - Annual Meeting , New Orleans, 10-14 avril
- March 2018 : "Des migrations comme les autres ? Les migrations internes des immigrés dans les campagnes françaises (2011-2015)", Conference "Espace, Populations, Sociétés ... en Mouvements" , Lille, France
- June 2017 (poster) : "International and Internal Migrations of Immigrants as a Key Indicator of Rural Change in France", European Rural Geographies Conference 2017 - "New Rural Geographies in Europe : Actors, Processes, Policies" , Brunswick, Germany