Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis


Modern Languages

First Advisor

Antonio Menendez-Alarcon


In this paper I examine the process of Muslim immigrants' integration, probing into the negative French perceptions of immigrants and how these perceptions may affect the process of integration and assimilation. I begin with a brief overview of French history as related to Muslim societies and how French culture and policies have evolved to their current state, such as the new strict policy on identity card renewal and the promise to integrate if accepted into the country. Next I deal strictly with immigration in France, including the policies and procedures of the French government and the perceptions of the French population. In addition I examine the perception of North African immigrants in particular, especially North African Muslims, and their sense of security. I close with a section on French identity, how it has evolved and how it has room to continue its evolution. Citations from French sources are translated by myself.