The history of migration is ongoing and perpetually renewing, whereas certain stories about migration and how it impacts society stay the same. In general, every new generation of migrants is confronted with the prejudgements that were produced on and by the migrants who came before them, as Hervé Le Bras points out. Therefore, a social scientist working on migration, that's what Le Bras underlines and puts in the main focus of his dialogue, always has to deal with both the actual numbers and the myths of migration. For example, though taking refugees obviously seems to be the big problem of today, in France the vast majority of migration, about 80 %, has been and still is produced by regroupment of family members. And this new group of citizens does not mainly consist, as prejudice would further like to have it, of the new migrant's often uneducated women and children from remote areas, but is in the vast majority the result of mixed marriages between French and non-French people.

Hervé Le Bras


  • Hervé Le Bras




Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is a demographer, an historian and a research director at EHESS and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). He is also a fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge). He is a well-known voice in the public debates on demography and migration who has published several books on demographic challenges, and wrote the comments of Earth From Above: 365 Days by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
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— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human