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Unconditional Conditions: A Study of How Civic Integration Policies Affect Migration Flows in Europe
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the last decade, there has been a diffusion of civic integration policies in Europe, which

requires immigrants by certain category of entry to accomplish integration tests for

acquisition of residence. Despite a flurry of literature based on civic integration policies,

attention drawn to the implication of these policies has been quite rare. This thesis examines

how civic integration strategies associate with immigration, and tests if civic integration

policies are connected to variations of immigration by certain category of entry. I argue in

this thesis that the conditional factor in civic integration policies creates a barrier for affected

migrants and their possibility to gain long term residence in the host country. Based on

theories of immigrant integration that relate civic integration to the backlash against

multiculturalism in Europe, the thesis emphasize a reasoning in which the push for internal

inclusion seems to be associated with excluding implications. The result presented here

shows that there are connections between the extension of civic integration policies and

reduced family and labour immigration between 2004 and 2011. The connection between the

variables can however not be discerned from other integration requirements. The main

concern is the lack of harmonized data, which obstructs the possibility to test for causality

and to draw generalizing conclusions. However, the thesis reveals noteworthy correlations

between the concepts, which contribute to the research field by connecting civic integration

to immigration and by showing what implications civic integration policies may result in.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 65 p.
Keyword [en]
Civic integration
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118858OAI: diva2:841259
Available from: 2015-08-19 Created: 2015-07-12 Last updated: 2015-08-19Bibliographically approved

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