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Immigrant integration politics in the East-EU: Contested national models or policy convergence?
Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Some researchers argue that the immigrant integration approaches in liberal (and “Western-“) states are becoming more and more alike. Some claim that the previous philosophises of integration (i.e. multiculturalism, segregationism, universalism and assimilationism) no longer exists in liberal states. This study assesses the robustness of this “convergence claim” within an East-EU context. The purpose of the study is to analyse the policy trends of immigrant integration in the East-EU and assess the robustness of the convergence claim. The analysis and methodological approach is based on a theoretical framework of ideal-types (multiculturalism, segregationism, universalism and assimilationism). The study objects are Estonia and Poland, and the analysis is primarily based on national legislation and policy documents. The study describes the immigrant integration trends in Poland and Estonia in the “post-Soviet era”, looking at the policy trends between 1991-2008. During this period both countries have shown tendencies of segregationism and cultural monism. It is clear that Estonia and Poland (i.e. parts of East-EU) have not adopted a more “Western-style” approach regarding immigrant integration, i.e. there is no evidence of such convergence. In fact, the ethnic component of their immigrant integration approaches stands in contrast to the “convergence thesis”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 69 p.
Keyword [en]
Immigrant integration, citizenship, policy convergence, multiculturalism, segregationism, universalism, assimilationism, post-multiculturalism, Estonia, Poland, East-Central Europe, East-EU
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-3559OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-3559DiVA: diva2:324208
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-06-15 Created: 2010-06-14 Last updated: 2010-06-30Bibliographically approved

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