Comparative European Politics

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 237–247 | Cite as

National models of immigrant integration: The costs for comparative research

  • Christophe Bertossi
  • Jan Willem Duyvendak

National models of integration are omnipresent in public and political discourses about how Western European immigration countries address the presence and integration of immigrants and minority groups. That France is viewed as a ‘republican’ country, the Netherlands and Britain as ‘multicultural’ and Germany as an ‘ethno-national’ country, is something that has structured most of the public analyses and political debates within these countries. Models are conceived of as ‘national traditions’, ‘legacies’, sometimes ‘sanctuaries’, by a variety of actors involved in the policymaking and the politics of integration, ranging from civil servants, policymakers, opinion leaders and the media. This, however, changed in the early twenty-first century, models now being seen as a burden to the integration of immigrants. This reaction was directed at the Dutch and British multicultural politics in the 2000s and 2010s. This did not, however, alter the conventional political wisdom that views the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IFRIParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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