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A plan for the future? : the Estonian state integration programme on national minorities 2000-2007

Ein Plan für die Zukunft? : das staatliche Integrationsprogramm Estlands für nationale Minderheiten 2000-2007
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Brosig, Malte

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Abstract "Events surrounding the replacement of a Soviet bronze statue in spring 2007 in Tallinn and subsequent international tensions between the EU and Russia marked a low point in inter-ethnic relations between Russian-speakers in Estonia and ethnic Estonians in recent years. This raises the question of how successful current integration efforts directed towards Russian-speakers have actually been. The paper analyses the development of the Estonian State Integration Programme (SIP) 2000-2007 from its earliest moments in the 1990s to its current form. It is argued that although its theoretical basis is well grounded, the programme does not account for minority integration needs systematically. Instead it follows a unidirectional action-plan, targeting Russian-speakers without a prior needs-assessment at grass-root level and insufficient minority participation during the drafting and implementation period. Furthermore, the paper highlights the influence the legal-restorationist concept maintains on the implementation of the SIP which partly has the effect of re-enforcing inter-ethnic alienation." (author's abstract)
Keywords Estonia; ethnic group; minority; minority policy; integration policy; Russian; national state; program; conflict; success-failure
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method applied research; descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages 19 p.
Journal JEMIE - Journal on ethnopolitics and minority issues in Europe, Vol. 7 (2008) 2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications