Trajectories and Origins in 2008 (survey on) / TeO

Dernière mise à jour le : 08/12/2011

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee. Direction des statistiques démographiques et sociales (DSDS)

Partenariat :

National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED)

Type d'opération :


Objectifs :

Issues of immigration and integration play a growing role in public debate. Nonetheless, understanding of their effects is limited by a lack of knowledge of the career paths followed by immigrants and their descendants.

The purpose of the Trajectories and Origins Survey in 2008 (TeO) is to help us understand the extent to which geographical background is in itself a factor contributing to inequality or to limitations in access to the different resources of life in society (housing, language and education, work, public services and social benefits, contraception, health, nationality, network of relations, marriage market, etc.).

It explores the relationship between background and the other categories of distinctions in French society (gender, class, skin colour, age, district, etc.) in order to analyse the processes of integration, discrimination and identity construction within French society as a whole.

Thèmes abordés :

The main topics of the questionnaire are:

- migratory paths;

- the link with the parents' country of origin or country of birth;

- education, training, employment;

- living environment, housing, district;

- residential history;

- marriage practices;

- languages spoken, religion;

- relationships with institutions;

-  and health.

Some topics are featured in cross-disciplinary fashion in several modules:

- discrimination;

- community practices;

- gender relations.

Champ de l'opération

Champ géographique :

Metropolitan France

Champ(s) statistique(s) couvert(s) :

The scope of the survey covers people living in ordinary households. The sampling base consists of people who are born between 1948 and 1960 and who have been surveyed in the 2007 census residing in a municipality included in the master sample.

Caractéristiques techniques

Unité statistique enquêtée :


Périodicité de l'opération :


Période et mode de collecte :

The computer-assisted collection (Capi) was conducted face-to-face by the interviewers. It ran from September 2008 to the end of February 2009.

Historique :

The last survey on this topic was conducted in 1992 (Geographical mobility and social integration survey).

Plan de sondage :

Even though the TeO survey aims to study immigrants and their descendants most particularly, the survey sample is designed to represent the whole of the population residing on the metropolitan territory.

The survey methods and the numbers selected aim to obtain a numerical representation sufficient to conduct comparative analyses.

The survey focuses on five sub-groups of people residing in Metropolitan France in ordinary housing:

- 8,500 immigrants aged from 18 to 60;

- 8,100 descendants of immigrants born in Metropolitan France aged from 18 to 50;

- 700 people born in overseas departments aged from 18 to 60;

- 650 people born in Metropolitan France with at least one parent who was born in an overseas department aged from 18 to 50;

- 3,800 people not belonging to any of the four previous groups, who are selected in a so-called "control" or "reference population" sample, aged from 18 to 60.

Autres spécifications :

When a question proposes terms of which one (or several) is (are) relative to sensitive fields, it is explicitly stated that the terms "doesn't know" and "doesn't wish to respond" are accepted.

The survey also questions, in the form of a specific self-administered questionnaire, the children of the adults questioned in the main survey, provided they are aged between 15 and 24 and live at the parental home.