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The Nexus Between Immigrant Integration Policy And Public Opinion In The European Union

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It is difficult to decide whether authors like Galya Lahav, stressing the importance of public opinion for policy making, or like Gary Freeman, stressing the importance of targeted mobilisation and lobbying for policy making, are closest to the truth when immigrant integration policy is concerned. This chapter tries to shed light on the nexus between policy making and public opinion with regard to immigrant integration. It contributes to the discussions on the topic by pinpointing to the relevance of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) data set. The chapter empirically investigates whether public opinion and policy co-vary across 25 European countries. To this purpose, it makes use of the MIPEX combined with the Eurobarometer. Before doing so, the chapter shortly discusses the interesting analysis undertaken by Meuleman and Reeskens who, in a similar effort, have already confronted the MIPEX results with data from the European Social Survey (ESS).

Keywords: Eurobarometer; European Social Survey (ESS); European Union; immigrant integration policy; Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) data; public opinion

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