The French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) was created in 1952 with a view to implementing French texts and European and international conventions concerning the recognition of the status of refugee and stateless person, and eligibility for subsidiary protection.
the OFPRA History Committee, set up in 2010, in collaboration with the Museum of Immigration History (CNHI), decided to organize a course of multidisciplinary seminars on the government of refugees, i.e. the management of refugees by the players involved, whether public or private sector players contributing to the public management of asylum, both in a French and an international framework. This theme includes the analysis of groups of refugee populations and individuals in terms of their migration and administrative paths, particularly in connection with institutions. The interfacing of norms and practices will also be analyzed in this context.
The first day, on “The invention of OFPRA”, will focus on the creation and the first years of OFPRA and similar institutions, in Europe in particular. In view of the current renewal of historiography on the issue of refugees and displaced persons at the end of the Second World War and of the administration of asylum in France, a special focus will be put on the following thematic thrusts, based on varied and cross-disciplinary approaches including history, sociology and anthropology: elements of continuity with and/or severance from pre-war national and international Offices; the inter-Allied and international structures created between 1943 and 1947 to address norms (construction of the refugee category) and practices and paths of players (migration circulation, itineraries of the refugee OFPRA officials concerned); the interfacing of legacies and contextual elements specific to that period (reorganization of international institutions, Cold War issues at stake, adoption of the 1951 Refugee Convention, creation of the first Western European cooperative and intergovernmental bodies, national frontiers of social citizenship; comparative approach to administrative structures and practices in asylum management in the different European countries in relation to those of OFPRA in France (nature and scope of missions, administrations concerned, supervisory authorities, status of non-state and community players); comparative study of practices of asylum administration officials (processing of applications for asylum, language issues, rules of evidence, interviews, social interaction between migrants and asylum officials, etc.); analysis of effective individual realities, micro-community strategies and solidarity networks underlying a migration reality that reflected multi-faceted approaches to migration diplomacy in connection with the reception of migrants.
OFPRA archives are opened after a period of 50 years as provided for under the French Heritage Code or by way of derogation, and a presentation of records and inventories are accessible on request on firstname.lastname@example.org.OFPRA is now responsible for the protection of refugees as implemented since the 1920s and in charge of the archives and of certain officials from National Offices and international organizations which exercised such protection prior to 1952. As far as France is concerned, the OFPRA Scientific Council would like proceedings to cover these archives as well as complementary records such as the Foreign Affairs archives and the National Archives.
Proposals for papers (summary of about 5,000 characters giving envisaged sources) should be sent before 31 January 2014 to email@example.com and will be studied by the Scientific Council of the OFPRA History Committee which is in charge of the seminars. Selected participants will be expected to submit their paper one month before the start of the first seminar scheduled for December 2014. Seminar proceedings will be published and papers may be submitted in French or in English.
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