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The routes to exileFrance and the Spanish Civil War refugees, 1939-2009$
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Scott Soo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086915

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086915.001.0001

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Unravelling rights and identities: the exodus of 1939

Unravelling rights and identities: the exodus of 1939

(p.25) 1 Unravelling rights and identities: the exodus of 1939
The routes to exile

Scott Soo

Manchester University Press

Given France's reputation as a refuge for the persecuted why did the French government receive the Spanish Civil War refugees so ambivalently± This chapter addresses this question by situating the 1939 exodus within the context of early twentieth-century immigration history in France. The last part of the chapter resonates with the refugees’ voices and identifies their strategies for coping with the harrowing journey across the Pyrenees. This border crossing represented the culminating point in a process involving the unravelling of both the Spanish republicans’ identities and the French Republic's commitment to asylum.

Keywords:   Third Republic, Refugee Rights, Retirada, Spanish Civil War, Popular Front, France, Immigration

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