Trust and successful integration

historical and psychoanalytical perspectives on French Protestant migration in the 18th century


In the context of the migration processes now impacting Europe, it is helpful to look back into history to similar events when integration was successful and the people being forced to leave their home country found not only new spaces in which to stay, but also a new home where they felt they belonged. In the following article, I will use the example of the Huguenots and Walden-sians in the 18th century to show the historical context and the political structures that helped the newcomers integrate. Using the theories of the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion, I will also look at the inner spaces that the refugees needed in order to regain a sense of trust and belonging after the centuries of persecution and degradation they had suffered before.