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From Rhetoric to Practice

A critique of immigration policy in Germany through the lens of Turkish-Muslim women's experiences of migration

Sherran Clarence

The largest group of migrants in Germany is the Turkish people, many of whom have low skills levels, are Muslim, and are slow to integrate themselves into their host communities. German immigration policy has been significantly revised since the early 1990s, and a new Immigration Act came into force in 2005, containing more inclusive stances on citizenship and integration of migrants. There is a strong rhetoric of acceptance and open doors, within certain parameters, but the gap between the rhetoric and practice is still wide enough to allow many migrants, particularly women, to fall through it. Turkish-Muslim women bear the brunt of the difficulties faced once they have arrived in Germany, and many of them are subject to domestic abuse, joblessness and poverty because of their invisibility to the German state, which is the case largely because German immigration policy does not fully realise a role and place for women migrants. The policy also does not sufficiently account for ethnic and cultural identification, or limitations faced by migrants in that while it speaks to integration, it does not fully enable this process to take place effectively. Even though it has made many advances in recent years towards a more open and inclusive immigration policy, Germany is still a 'reluctant' country of immigration, and this reluctance stops it from making any real strides towards integrating migrants fully into German society at large. The German government needs to take a much firmer stance on the roles of migrant women in its society, and the nature of the ethnic and religious identities of Muslim immigrants, in order to both create and implement immigration policy that truly allows immigrants to become full and contributing members to German social and economic life, and to bring it in line with the European Union's common directives on immigration.

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Powerlessness and Unfairness

A Letter to Jan Zielonka

Henri Vogt

announced that his party will tighten its immigration policies. The official party statement read: “Sweden shall take its fair share of the EU's total intake [of refugees], not more.” 2 Protesting against the party's decision, one of Löfven's party comrades

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Citizens and Citizenship

The Rhetoric of Dutch Immigrant Integration Policy in 2011

Dana Rem and Des Gasper

2000 ). Our particular questions include the following: Who are the subjects of the immigration policy, and how are they described? How are identities, purported communities, and the concept of citizenship constructed? What structures of argumentation

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

this switch. In particular, they analyze “rhetoric,” meaning practices of attempted persuasion of a public and the practice of civic communication. The questions investigate who the subjects of the immigration policy are, how they are described, and

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Wolfgang Merkel and Jean-Paul Gagnon

matters are decided by the parliament, immigration policy tends to be more liberal than in those cantons where these matters are decided by popular referenda. We should not expect that the people are wiser than parliamentary representatives and I would

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Civic Integration at Issue

An Essay on the Political Condition of Migrants

José María Rosales

This article deals with the civic integration of migrants, focusing on the process immigrants undergo to become nationals of new states. Discussing some recent advances in immigration policies in European Union countries, it questions the gap that separates their normative principles from institutional practices. Many existing citizens would not meet the administrative requirements imposed on migrants to gain legal residence and nationality. Furthermore, the experience of non-nationals living in Europe suggests that integration challenges remain, well after naturalisation is achieved, as new citizens face ongoing discriminatory burdens at various levels, including the labour market and politics. Part of an ongoing study on the civic condition of migrants, the article argues that a liberal approach to immigrant integration should not cease with the granting of citizenship. It should address the urgent task of protecting new citizens from discrimination that impairs their rights in practice.

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David Owen

situation in which the practitioners of “low-skilled” jobs are reframed as “key workers” is particularly acute in the Brexiting UK in the light of a proposed “skills-based” immigration policy that would refuse entry to the majority of the immigrant workers

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The Wall, the Ban, and the Objectification of Women

Has “Uncle Sam” Learned any Lessons from “Typhoid Mary?”

Amani Othman and William W. Darrow

evidence for the societal impact of segregation. It is primarily intended to learn lessons from the past and to inspire more in-depth discussion on the wider societal implications of authoritarian coercive strategies of immigration policies and approaches

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Sociocultural Change in Hungary

A Politico-Anthropological Approach

Ferenc Bódi and Ralitsa Savova

the other hand from territories outside the Carpathian Basin. The monarchy deliberately pursued an immigration policy that prohibited emigration and encouraged immigration. Although emigration was banned, small groups left the Carpathian Basin in the

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Matthias Pauwels

point here. Leno's presentation of mostly negative stereotypes of these groups could have an actual impact as its influence on perceptions among the US's white population – Leno's main audience – might lead to the adoption of tougher anti-immigration