Special Issue on Integration
Globally, immigrant and refugee integration takes on many expressions and meanings. This month, The Source
calls on several expert contributors to describe the challenges of integration for immigrants and host societies
The articles in this special issue only begin to scratch the surface of the enormous body of the
literature on integration, a topic that is highly political, differs in practice from country to country,
and stretches across generations. Our overview is not exhaustive. It does highlight the broad lines of the
integration debate and the attendant policy challenges.
This month's articles include:
Rinus Penninx of the Amsterdam-based Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies on the role of
communities, institutions, and states in fostering integration.
Demetrios G. Papademetriou, MPI Co-Director, on policy considerations for immigrant integration.
Sarah Spencer of the new Center for Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford on
integration challenges facing the European Union.
Brian Ray, MPI Policy Analyst, on the role of cities in immigrant integration and social inclusion.
Karen Jacobsen, of Tufts University, on the prospects of local integration as an alternative to refugee camps.
In The News articles from our foreign correspondents:
Veysel Oezcan of Humboldt University Berlin reports on a Swiss ruling that bars communities from holding plebiscites to approve or reject naturalization applications.
Sylvia Zappi outlines a new government action plan for integrating immigrants that reasserts France's previously abandoned assimilationist policy.
Christine Inglis explains how Australian courts are ruling on cases with serious implications for immigrant integration.
Also this issue:
Marco Martiniello of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) at the University of Liège and
Andrea Rea of the Free University of Brussels discuss Belgium's path to becoming a social and cultural mosaic through immigration.
In this issue's Policy Beat, MPI's Maia Jachimowicz outlines the latest regarding documentation at the US border,
reductions in the H-1B visa cap, and delays in machine-readable passport requirements.
Our Spotlight this month by MPI Data Manager Elizabeth Grieco summarizes the facts about
migration from Mexico to the United States.
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