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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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Ambiguities at work: refugees and the French war economy, 1939–40

Ambiguities at work: refugees and the French war economy, 1939–40

(p.125) 4 Ambiguities at work: refugees and the French war economy, 1939–40
The routes to exile

Scott Soo

Manchester University Press

Questions the view that all refugees endured an increasingly repressive context at the end of the Third Republic by showing how the war economy created certain, though limited, opportunities for the Spanish republicans. The introduction of the refugees into workplaces through the Foreign Labour Companies and other work schemes secured an end to mass internment and was followed by improved working conditions. Nonetheless, the French authorities had to contend with problems of surveillance and issues of legitimacy as some Spanish republicans protested or escaped from the Labour Companies in order to retain some agency over their lives in France.

Keywords:   CTE, Second World War, refugees, France, Foreign Labour Companies, Immigration, Spanish republicans

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