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The end of national models? : integration courses and citizenship trajectories in Europe

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Jacobs, Dirk; Rea, Andrea

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Abstract Several European countries have recently introduced, or are planning to introduce, citizenship trajectories (voluntary or obligatory inclusion programmes for recent immigrants) or citizen integration tests (tests one should pass to be able to acquire permanent residence or state citizenship). Authors such as Joppke claim that this is an articulation of a more general shift towards the logic of assimilation (and away from a multicultural agenda) in integration policy paradigms of European states. Integration policies would even be converging in such a fashion that it would no longer make sense to think in terms of national models for immigrant integration. The empirical fact of diffusion of civic integration policies throughout Europe cannot be denied. This paper claims that there is, however, still sufficient distinctiveness between immigrant integration policies in order to continue and use an analytical framework that distinguishes national models.
Keywords Europe; immigration; migration; migration policy; integration policy; citizenship; naturalization; nation state; multicultural society; immigration law
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords integration policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 264-283
Journal International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), 9 (2007) 2
Status Published Version; not reviewed
Licence Basic Digital Peer Publishing Licence