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Regional integration and (hauled) migration policy: what does the European experience teach us?

Regional integration and (hauled) migration policy: what does the European experience teach us?
Regional integration and (hauled) migration policy: what does the European experience teach us?
This article focuses on selected pieces from the growing literature on international migration to Europe from a regional and policy-making perspective. The analysis identifies lessons from the European experience with respect to two issues: the relationship between policies of regional integration and international migration, and the conditions under which a common (regional) policy of incorporation of immigrants into the host societies might be agreed upon. The purpose is twofold: to provide a critical assessment of the state of the art and to advance the debate through the suggestion of new research venues. We argue that most of the selected literature misses the relation of mutual causation between migration and regional integration policies, partly due to an overemphasis on the benefits of supranational institutionalization, and partly due to the difficulties of conceptualizing the hybrid character of the EU institutional supranationality and the peculiar nature of its politics of migration. We also suggest exploring a distinctive process that characterizes the migration policy area: ‘hauled’ policy convergence; that is, the development of a common policy which occurs largely because it is necessary for other dimensions of the regional integration process to continue, but which countries are reluctant to engage in. In other words, hauled convergence is the minimum policy harmonization needed in a very sensitive policy area (such as migration) for regional integration to advance deeper and further in other areas.
1350-1763
152-166
Margheritis, Ana
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Maldonado, Martin
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Margheritis, Ana
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Maldonado, Martin
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Margheritis, Ana and Maldonado, Martin (2007) Regional integration and (hauled) migration policy: what does the European experience teach us? Journal of European Public Policy, 14 (1), 152-166. (doi:10.1080/13501760601072735).

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This article focuses on selected pieces from the growing literature on international migration to Europe from a regional and policy-making perspective. The analysis identifies lessons from the European experience with respect to two issues: the relationship between policies of regional integration and international migration, and the conditions under which a common (regional) policy of incorporation of immigrants into the host societies might be agreed upon. The purpose is twofold: to provide a critical assessment of the state of the art and to advance the debate through the suggestion of new research venues. We argue that most of the selected literature misses the relation of mutual causation between migration and regional integration policies, partly due to an overemphasis on the benefits of supranational institutionalization, and partly due to the difficulties of conceptualizing the hybrid character of the EU institutional supranationality and the peculiar nature of its politics of migration. We also suggest exploring a distinctive process that characterizes the migration policy area: ‘hauled’ policy convergence; that is, the development of a common policy which occurs largely because it is necessary for other dimensions of the regional integration process to continue, but which countries are reluctant to engage in. In other words, hauled convergence is the minimum policy harmonization needed in a very sensitive policy area (such as migration) for regional integration to advance deeper and further in other areas.

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Published date: February 2007
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 359659
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/359659
ISSN: 1350-1763
PURE UUID: 975d214c-8912-4eab-89fb-183499eb1477
ORCID for Ana Margheritis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8126-4478

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Date deposited: 07 Nov 2013 13:39
Last modified: 05 Feb 2020 01:33

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