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Immigrant Integration Mainstreaming at the EU Level

  • Elizabeth Collett
  • Helen McCarthy
  • Meghan Benton
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Abstract

This chapter explores attempts to mainstream immigrant integration policies at the European Union (EU) level. While the EU has limited competence to influence integration policy in Member States, it can promote mainstreaming through funding, guidance and legislation. These attempts have thus far had limited impact. Having previously made a formal commitment to mainstream integration policies, the European Commission has only recently started to improve coordination across its directorate generals. The chapter also reflects on the impact of the recent refugee crisis. Although the crisis initially diverted political attention from the issue of integration, the longer term implications of the recent arrivals have increased the urgency within the European Commission to develop a more coordinated, mainstreamed approach.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Collett
    • 1
  • Helen McCarthy
    • 2
  • Meghan Benton
    • 3
  1. 1.Migration Policy Institute EuropeBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Middlesex UniversityLondonUK
  3. 3.Migration Policy InstituteWashington, DCUSA

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