Challenging the Paradoxes of Integration Policies

Latin Americans in the European City

  • Fabiola Pardo

Part of the Migration, Minorities and Modernity book series (MMMO, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Cities, Integration Policy and Migration

  3. Defining Political Spaces for Integration: Amsterdam, London and Madrid

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Fabiola Pardo
      Pages 55-64
  4. An Historic Overview of Latin American Immigration in European Cities Since the 1970’s

  5. Facing the Paradoxes of Integration: Policies, Strategies and Practices

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-165

About this book


This book traces Latin American migration to Europe since the 1970s. Focusing on Amsterdam, London, and Madrid, it examines the policies of integration in a comparative perspective that takes into account transnational, national, regional and local levels. It examines the entire mechanism that Latin American migrants confront in the European cities they settle, and provides readers with a theoretical framework on integration that addresses the concepts of multiculturalism, interculturality, transculturality and transnationalism. This work is based on rich qualitative data from in-depth interviews, focus groups and participant observation complemented by a substantial documentary and legislative analysis. It reveals that current policies are limited and migrants are excluded in most of the formal venues for integration. In addition, the book shows the many ways that migrants negotiate the constraints and imperatives of integration.  In Western Europe today, immigrants are largely assuming the entire responsibility of their integration. This book provides readers with much needed insight into why European integration policies are not responding to the needs of immigrants nor to society as a whole.


Analysing integration policies Experiences and practices of Latin Americans Formal venues of integration New immigrant groups Integration policies Urban Diversity Latin American migration Migrants Integration Multiculturalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Fabiola Pardo
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Conflict and Social Dynamics Research AreaExternado University of ColombiaBogotáColombia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64080-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64082-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-0713
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-0721
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