Agathe Menetrier is interested in the impact of plural and often contradictory classification practices on asylum seekers’ experience of exile. Her research contributes to inter-disciplinary efforts to question humanitarian practices and follow circulations and translations of causes. She conducted fieldwork in Dakar, Nouakchott and Banjul. From 2017 to 2018 she conducted ethnographic research on the international asylum system as seen through the eyes of a group of young Gambian men and women who had come to Dakar to seek asylum following persecution related to their homosexuality in the Gambia. Once in Dakar, they strived to qualify as LGBT refugees, hoping to eventually be resettled to the global North. Agathe Menetrier followed their trajectories between the different refugee aid organizations.


  • Resettlement
  • Westafrika
  • queer
  • LGBT
  • Transit