Un geste d’hospitalité aux demandeurs d’asile.

Une analyse de la mobilisation du collectif Bridges not Borders





border, hospitality, asylum seeker, citizen mobilization, refugee, Roxham Road, Quebec


This article focuses on the mobilization of a collective created by citizens, Bridges not Borders (BnotB), that has been working to defend the asylum seekers that cross the Canada-U.S. border “irregularly” since 2017. The case of BnotB contributes to the literature on borders by bringing a perspective interested in the dynamics and mobilizations of citizens coming to the help of vulnerable persons across border crossings. Based on content analyses and semi-structured interviews, this case study allows us to present a “bottom up” form of action, led by citizens mobilized by migration issues, which we define under the gesture of hospitality.

Author Biographies

Chedly Belkhodja, Concordia University

Chedly Belkhodja is Professor at the School of Public and Community Affairs at Concordia University. He can be reached at chedly.belkhodja@concordia.ca.

Cassandre Gratton, Concordia University

Cassandre Gratton is a Masters student in political science at Concordia University. She can be reached at cassandre.gratton@mail.concordia.ca



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How to Cite

Belkhodja, C., & Gratton, C. (2022). Un geste d’hospitalité aux demandeurs d’asile. : Une analyse de la mobilisation du collectif Bridges not Borders. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 38(2), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.25071/1920-7336.40878