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Perspectives from unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors and their uses of mobile messaging technologies

Thèse de sociologie préparée par LEIS Geneviève sous la direction de DESGRÉES du LOÛ Annabel à l’université Paris Descartes en co-tutelle avec : Maya GISLASON et Will Small, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Résumé du projet de thèse


There were 80,000 requests for asylum in France in 2015 and 41% of those were in the Paris region. There are an estimated 8,000 unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors (UAM) in France, with estimates of hundreds living homeless in Paris increasing daily. Prevalent health issues for UAM are post traumatic stress disorders, parasitic diseases, and service barrier access in Paris. Mobile messaging technologies (MMT) present an opportunity to meet the urgent needs of UAM, given their prevalence of mobile phone ownership. Despite numerous technology companies hastily designing health applications to improve the conditions of asylum seekers, there is no research examining UAM perspectives on technology. This study intends to fill a gap in current knowledge about UAM’s perceptions, use and MMT design recommendations, by asking them directly for their perspectives and opinions. This research is instrumental in bringing forward the voices of UAM at a time when the European Union is calling for the views of minors to be included in the design of programs affecting them, and the World Health Organisation is calling for knowledge on effective mobile health intervention characteristics. Using narrative methods, this research will include a content analysis, a survey with 50 UAM, and focus groups and interviews with 25 UAM survey participants. The intended implications are to dramatically advance knowledge on technical features that can inform mobile health interventions to improve the health conditions, including the impacts of trauma, for UAM in France and elsewhere, during the world’s worst refugee crisis.

Mineurs isolés étrangers, demandeurs d’asile, adolescents, smartphone, technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC), santé publique, mobilité.

Zone géographique
France, Paris, Ile de France


  • Début et fin du projet :
  • Debut : Septembre 2016, fin du projet : Aout 2020.