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Revolution and migration, France 1789

Migration A–Z


  1. R. Darrell Meadows

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm456

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Meadows, R. D. 2013. Revolution and migration, France 1789. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


France's first written constitution, adopted by the French National Assembly on September 3, 1791, made freedom of movement a basic right of French citizenship. The repercussions of this intervention, as with other aspects of France's revolution in basic human rights, would ultimately extend throughout the Western world and beyond. In the immediate revolutionary context, however, recent scholarship reveals how this revolutionary act served as a catalyst for the growth and elaboration of ancien régime migratory patterns, even as the revolutionary decade generated thousands of refugees and disrupted a number of long-standing local, regional, and colonial migratory streams.


  • revolution;
  • protests;
  • poverty;
  • immigration;
  • violence;
  • rights