[Lunchtime Lecture]
The Immigration Policy of France Past and Present
―What Japan Can Learn from France

  • *This event has finished.
    • Lecturer: Watanabe Hirotaka (Director, Institute for International Relations, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    • Date: Friday, May 20, 2016, 0:15-1:30 pm
    • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
    • Language: Japanese(without interpretation)
    • Admission: 1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen, IHJ members: Free)
    • *Lunch is NOT included.
    • Seating: 150 (reservations required)
    With the attack on Charlie Hebdo and terrorist incidents in France, European immigration policy is drawing attention. France has a where policy of jus soli (citizenship by birthplace) and assimilation of foreigners is the basic rule while many other European countries follow the policy of jus sanguinis (citizenship by parents) and is inclined towards multiculturalism, for a different background to immigration policy. Who are “immigrants” that we are talking about? Professor Watanabe will talk about the policy agenda of France which has been receiving immigrants for a long time, differences with other European countries and the question of what Japan can learn from France.
  • Watanabe Hirotaka
    (Director, Institute for International Relations, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

    Photo: Dr. Watanabe holds a BA from the Department of French Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, MA from that university’s Graduate School of Area and Culture Studies, a doctorate from the Faculty of Law at Keio University, and a degree in advanced studies from Pantheon-Sorbonne University. He has also worked as the public relations and Minister-conseiller at the Japanese embassy in France from 2008 to 2010 and has served as the editor-in-chief of the journals Cahiers du Japon and Gaikō (Foreign Relations). His numerous published works include Mitteran jidai no Furansu (France in the Mitterrand Years, 1990), which won the Franco-Japanese House’s Shibusawa Claudel Prize; Furansu gendaishi (Contemporary French History, 1998); and Gendai Furansu—eikō no jidai no shūen, Ôshū e no katsuro (Contemporary France—End of the Era of Glory and Accommodation with Europe, 2015).