MA Project GDE750 20/21

MA Project Week 2: Research Methods & Learnings

Week 2 

Week 4 is the formative deadline for your project draft summary, which should include the following:

Draft treatment – One A4 page for studio practice, and history and theory underpinning the MA project. On this page, include a clear research question, with aims, objectives, purpose and audience, that forms the catalyst for your enquiry. You should also outline the type of written submission you will be creating whether it is academic/ research based or entrepreneurial/ business based.

One A4 page critical path outlining the logistics and resourcing plan for the project – bearing in mind that the final output for the project may not be fully resolved.

All outputs clearly documented on your blog, and evidence of active engagement with the Ideas Wall.


I would like my starting question to remain the same:

How can I aid the migrant youths of Bordeaux, France, with community integration at school through the use of a digital tool or process?

Targets for the Following Weeks

Research into the largest migrant nationalities that live within Bordeaux

Research the situations within these countries

Research again their living conditions in general and personal situations as well as how they have travelled to Bordeaux 

Research schools in Bordeaux that have the highest percentage of migrants 

How do they integrate them into the school at the moment? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

Research current intranet systems that schools use

Research designers who have come up with design solutions for migrants 

Come up with a name 

Migrant Nationalities

This article is in French but it is concerning the percentage of migrant workers in each sector of the community within Urban Bordeaux.

The article says that historically, Bordeaux has been known to have migrants. Many of them travel from many different areas in Africa through Spain and come over the border to France, which is just next to Bordeaux. 

Bordeaux attracts bordeaux for many reasons:


The wine industry is just one of the enormous industries that provide vast numbers of jobs that the migrants are able to do without having to produce paperwork. Huge teams of migrants can be seen amongst the acres and acres of vines, picking grapes for the famous Bordeaux wine. The migrants are unfortunately willing to work for many hours in 40-degree heat picking grapes to earn money for their families to live. There are also many other industries that provide work for migrants but none quite as large as the wine industry. Other industries include builders for all the building projects happening continuously here in Bordeaux and public building work e.g. tram rails, roads etc. 


The city is a very safe a pleasant place to live and people are often kind, generous and helpful. They are open-minded in general and a new wave of people are changing opinions on migrants and are keen to help those in need of work or shelter. 


The weather is pleasant and warm, and the conditions are in general quite easy to manage. For those migrants living in squats or camps with limited facilities are not battling high winds and snow but mild winters and sunshine. 

Migrant Camp Bordeaux Lac 

I have discovered that there is an enormous migrant camp in Bordeaux due to the fact that in 2019, due to a change in government, many of the migrant squats were shut down and boarded up meaning that thousands of men women and children were left out on the streets of Bordeaux. Many of them set up in large camps all over the city. They are left in a sanitary crisis with no food, shelter or toilet/shower facilities. Many of them have small babies and children who will suffer greatly if they are left outside in the cold through winter. 

Months and months go by and they still have no news about their paperwork or whether they will be accepted into Bordeaux. The government is overwhelmed with paperwork and cannot process it all quick enough. There are no resources for these people. The Maire said that he would install a shower and toilet block next to their tents, but the migrants have not seen this yet. They are in limbo, just waiting to see where their life will take them next. 


The nationality of these people is predominantly Syrian but there are also people from Albania and Serbia who are desperate for help in these camps. They have run away from war and terror in their country and are faced with more terrible obstacles when they arrive in France. 

Living conditions

The living conditions for these people is frightful. They are pitched up in tents next to the beach of the lake of Bordeaux. This was ok in the summer, but now the bad weather is setting in and there are weeks on end of solid rain, the tents and surrounding area has turned swamp-like. Many people have no blankets, so they sleep on the floor in the swamp with their children. They have no money at all and eating and staying in good health is a constant struggle. 

Urban Vibrations School 

At this point, I stumble across an organisation’s website that supports diversity in the Bordeaux community and supports those from different cultural backgrounds. They run classes to include everyone. They call themselves a school because they are helping teach multicultural communities (which includes migrants) to integrate into the community, make friends, improve at their schoolwork so that they can advance in life. 

I want to contact them to see if I can ask their advice on how they would suggest I integrate children from different backgrounds into school.

What would make it easier for them?

What are the issues most common when a migrant child is starting a new school?

Lycée Edgar Morin – School environmental and social 

The LEM aims to prepare students to become active, involved, creative citizens who are aware of the social and environmental issues surrounding them, confident in their ability to move the lines and capable of revealing their full potential and that of others.

Individual and collective success in an increasingly complex and uncertain world involves the development of qualities such as empathy, cooperation, agility and initiative.

This school and perhaps students within it might be able to collaborate with me on this project.

Where are the migrants situated near my locality?

Contact Jéhanne – One of my old suppliers for my lingerie brand, which is actively involved with the migrant community here in Bordeaux. She has a young child that goes to school with the migrant children and I want to ask her first hand her experience with how the integration process works if there is one. 

Hello Jéanne, 

How are you? 

I know that we haven’t spoken in a long time, but I am in the middle of doing an MA in Graphic Design and I thought of you. I have chosen to do my final project on the subject of how to integrate migrant children into mainstream schools here in Bordeaux (I know, a bit of a change from the lingerie design!)

I want to develop a platform that schools can have access to (free of charge) that will enable a smoother integration system for these migrant children who maybe ordinarily have trouble fitting in with the native French children. 

I know that you are involved with helping some migrants in Bordeaux as I remember you telling me all about the family you were helping to teach French too. 

Would you be open to having a conversation with me about the migrant situation here in Bordeaux (or at least, your experience with it) sometime? 
I would also love to hear all your news and to have a catch up as I was sad that we lost contact a bit. 

I hope everything is well you, your family and business during this strange COVID crisis we are having.

I look forward to hearing from you soon! 

All my best 

Alice 🙂

Contact Collectif des migrants de Bordeaux 

Contact urban vibrations school 

Contact LIM school 

Update blog 

The migrant population in France 

The largest migrant population in France come from the following places: 


Algeria was a French colony from 1830 to 1962 when the country gained independence. 16% of immigrants in France come from Algeria. Algerian immigrants started to increase in numbers in the 1960s due to the unstable political and social conditions in Algeria. Housing and living conditions are the main reasons why Algerians move to France. 


Moroccan immigrants account for 11% of the total immigrant population. The immigrations was largely influenced by French colonisation of Morocco from 1912 to 1955 when the country attained independence. There are around 1.1 million Morrocan people living in France. Moroccans move to France as there are better work and opportunities in this country. 

What is a Migrant 

Someone who chooses their country of origin for better employment opportunities.

Asylum seeker 

Seeking sanctuary and asylum. They are feeling their country due to race religion, political views. Whilst you are waiting for your asylum seeker claim to be processed they are not allowed to work, go to university or even get married. As soon as you are then given status in that country, then it is possible that you can start working. 

There are almost 60 million refugees worldwide 

Half of the world’s refugees are children, many of these are unaccompanied children 

Associations I need to look into 



la CNT


Le Planning familial

le Collectif des Migrants de Bordeaux

Sud Santé 33

Sud PTT 33

La Cimade

Ovale citoyen

Jéhanne  – Boutique Owner and actively helping the migrant crisis. 

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