The success of immigration policies in the EU has to date been doubtful and policy outcomes differ greatly between countries in spite of considerable convergence at the decision level. Our aim in this study is to highlight some of the mechanisms involved in policy implementation, which may account for the differential degrees of success in achieving the desired goals (i.e. control and integration). The focus of the research will be on the impact of the organisational culture of an institution and of the identity processes related to immigration on the implementation of specific policies. Moreover, the study will analyse how immigrants make sense of the social and institutional environment of the host country and adapt to it. Our aim is to reveal some of the weaknesses of current policy approaches to immigration and suggest alternative paths. Four countries (Germany, Greece, Italy, and UK) will be included in the project and a comparative, European perspective will be adopted.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
EX4 4QJ Exeter