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Support and Opposition to Migration. A cross national comparison of the politicization of migration

Objective

The large-scale migration caused all sorts of tensions in the receiving countries, particularly when it became clear that immigrants planned to settle permanently and eventually claimed to participate socially and politically in their countries of settlement. However, the presence of immigrants did not yet become a politically contested issue everywhere. In some countries such as Spain, Ireland immigration did not become as politicized yet as in other European countries such as Switzerland, Austria and Belgium. The ways in which the issue of immigration became politicized are very different according the country.
This research project has four aims. First, it will increase the knowledge about the conflicts over the social and political participation of immigrants in Western Europe. Secondly, it will answer to the question why and when do potential conflicts become politicized, and when and why do they not become politicized. Thirdly, the project will increase the knowledge of the way political processes are constrained by institutional conditions. Fourthly, the project will provide policy-relevant information by assessing which actions of state institutions have been more or less successful in managing conflict on immigration and integration.
The project focuses on the role of four types of actors —the state, political parties, movements and the media— in politicizing, or de-politicizing, the issue of immigration in seven receiving countries (Austria, Belgium, Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland). The dependent variable in our study is the extent to which and the way in which the issue of immigration became politicized. This will be measured on the basis of claims and counter-claims made by three types of movements: interest groups of immigrants, anti-immigration movements, and anti-racist solidarity groups. Moreover a comparative approach will be used to study divergences and/or convergences between selected countries.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE NEUCHATEL
Address
Faubourg De L'hopital 41
2000 Neuchatel
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 307 316,80
Administrative Contact
Gianni D'amato (Prof.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 395 398
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Komen (Ms.)
THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 133 605
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 71 135,54
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 136 026
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sieglinde Rosenberger (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 160 020
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hazel Wallis (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 158 040
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Benoit Pilet (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 134 458,66
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Adams (Ms.)