The anatomy of civic integration

Kostakopoulou, Dora (2010) The anatomy of civic integration. The Modern Law Review, 73, (6), 933-958. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00825.x).


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Recent legislation on migration and citizenship in Europe and the EU framework on integration require migrants to meet integration requirements in order to enter, reside, reunite with their families and naturalise in the host country. Mandatory language course attendance and examination tests are viewed as means of enhancing integration, which is now framed as a ‘two way’ process or a contractual agreement between migrants and the host society. Despite the deployment of the notion of a contract, integration is, in reality, a one way process aimed at procuring conformity, discipline and migration control. Civic integration rests on an artificial homogenisation and displays the same elements of paternalism and ethnocentricity that characterised past initiatives. The civic integration paradigm is a crucial feature of a renewed, albeit old-fashioned, nationpolitics used by political elites to provide answers to a wide range of issues and to elicit support for a controlling state in the first decade of the 21st century.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.2010.00825.x
ISSNs: 0026-7961 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 200319
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 2010Published
22 October 2010Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2011 15:42
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:45

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