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Beyond National Models of Immigrant Integration? The Fragmentation and Interconnectedness of Immigrant Integration Policies in Germany and the Netherlands

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Immigrant integration as a policy issue has been traditionally closely associated with the nation-state. In this respect, we would expect there to be distinctly national models of integration, reflecting the central institutions and values and norms of the society in which the migrants are supposed to integrate. Indeed, the Dutch case has often been described in terms of a ‘Dutch multicultural model of integration’ (Koopmans, 2003: Sniderman and Hagendoorn, 2005: Joppke, 2006), whereas the German case has been refered to in terms of a differentialist model of integration (Brubaker, 2003). Yet, in both countries these so-called national models of integration have been inherently contested.
This paper will focus on the development of immigrant integration as a policy domain in Germany and the Netherlands, analyzing to what extent these domains have been shaped by distinctly national models of integration. We will discuss the ongoing controversies about these alleged national models of integration, and discuss the consequences this has had for institutional fragmentation of these countries’ integration policies. Furthermore, we discuss the politics of Europeanization in the domain of immigrant integration, analyzing to what extent Europeanization is effectively achieving convergence between Germany’s and Dutch immigrant integration policies. Finally, we will discuss the consequences that these processes of national fragmentation and European interconnectedness have had on the process of integration in these respective countries; is there something like a European model of integration looming in the distance?

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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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Scholten, Peter. "Beyond National Models of Immigrant Integration? The Fragmentation and Interconnectedness of Immigrant Integration Policies in Germany and the Netherlands" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400482_index.html>

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Scholten, P. "Beyond National Models of Immigrant Integration? The Fragmentation and Interconnectedness of Immigrant Integration Policies in Germany and the Netherlands" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400482_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Immigrant integration as a policy issue has been traditionally closely associated with the nation-state. In this respect, we would expect there to be distinctly national models of integration, reflecting the central institutions and values and norms of the society in which the migrants are supposed to integrate. Indeed, the Dutch case has often been described in terms of a ‘Dutch multicultural model of integration’ (Koopmans, 2003: Sniderman and Hagendoorn, 2005: Joppke, 2006), whereas the German case has been refered to in terms of a differentialist model of integration (Brubaker, 2003). Yet, in both countries these so-called national models of integration have been inherently contested.
This paper will focus on the development of immigrant integration as a policy domain in Germany and the Netherlands, analyzing to what extent these domains have been shaped by distinctly national models of integration. We will discuss the ongoing controversies about these alleged national models of integration, and discuss the consequences this has had for institutional fragmentation of these countries’ integration policies. Furthermore, we discuss the politics of Europeanization in the domain of immigrant integration, analyzing to what extent Europeanization is effectively achieving convergence between Germany’s and Dutch immigrant integration policies. Finally, we will discuss the consequences that these processes of national fragmentation and European interconnectedness have had on the process of integration in these respective countries; is there something like a European model of integration looming in the distance?


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