Julien Long, PhD student in contemporary history and sociology at the Center of research in International and Atlantic History – Nantes University, just published an article “Growing up in exile”, in the last issue of the National Museum of immigration history’s journal, Hommes et migrations.


He benefits from the Institute for European and Global Studies’ support for his thesis “A history of youth from the margins. Social mobilization and informal welcoming of the unaccompanied minors in Europe.”



The migratory trajectories of young Algerians since the beginning of the 2000’s rest upon an emigration project conceived as a strategy facing the economic and familiy difficulties. Based on the individual records of unaccompanied minors being taken responsability for by the Child Welfare (ASE) of Seine-Saint-Denis (93) between 2005 and 2017, the study of institutionnal sources of the immigration country reveals implicitely their experience of emigration. It is articulated around multiple solidarities which help and force at the same time these young strays, and of their own capacity of action in the building of a better future.



PhD student in contemporary history and sociology at the University of Nantes

Within the CRHIA laboratory (“Societies, times, territories” doctoral school), Julien Long is preparing a PhD on “Marginal Youth. Social mobilizations and informal reception of Unaccompanied Minors in Europe.” His thesis is co-supervised by Michel Catala, Professor of Contemporary History (CRHIA, University of Nantes) and Pierre Monforte, Senior Lecturer in Sociology (University of Leicester), in collaboration with Estelle d’Halluin, Senior Lecturer in Sociology (CENS, University of Nantes).

Julien Long has several activities related to his thesis. As a lecturer at the UFR of Sociology of the University of Nantes, he teaches “Methods of Investigation” (Licence 1) and “Classical Readings in Sociology” (Licence 2). He is also an associate researcher at the Policy department of the Institut Convergences Migrations, in charge of the research axis “Exile and Politics: Colonialism, Nationalism and Capitalism”. His thesis is co-financed by the research and development centre of the Energie Collective civil society. Julien participates in several action-research projects:

– Project of a reception centre for mobile young people in Nantes: project leader for la prépa solidaire des enfants nantais.

– Rivages, a European project, halfway between cinema and research, concerning the logic of hospitality in European ports.


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The Center of Research on International and Atlantic History (EA 1163 – Universities of Nantes and La Rochelle) is one the major historical research centers in Western France, accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research under the 2017-2021 five-year contract.

This laboratory bring together researchers in ancient history, medieval history, modern history, contemporary history, litterature and languages. It gathers 151 members (48 tenured teacher-researchers, 9 professor emeritus, 3 other researchers, 4 post-doc, 80 PhD students and 7 administrative and technical staff) and 90 associate researchers around a common theme : “From the world to the Atlantic, from the Atlanic to the world : modalities, spaces and players of international changes from Antiquity to the present day.

Nantes University

Nantes University

Nantes University offers courses from bachelor’s to master’s degrees and excellence research projects concerning Europe in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

It is home to the Institute for European and Global Studies, which implements the Alliance Europa programme.