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Language And Integration Requirements In Belgium: Discordances Between The Flemish Policy Of ‘Inburgering’ And The Federal Legislators’ View(S) On The Integration Of Newcomers And Migrants

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This chapter gives an overview of the federal system in Belgium. It is important to clarify the features of the system in order to pinpoint competences concerning issues of immigration and integration. It presents the policies and instruments at federal and regional levels respectively. It then discusses the Flemish policy of mandatory civic integration, known as inburgering. Firstly, it introduces the documents and the main elements of the policy. Secondly, it explains the political and public debate prior to their adoption. Thirdly, it draws attention to the problems in and effects of implementation of inburgering policy. Finally, it seeks to display how the Belgian federal system, which has its limitations, can at the same time shed new light on our understanding of integration policy. The chapter explaines the Flemish compulsory integration policy and its ramifications and also draws attention to the coexistence of different policies under the same 'Belgian' roof.

Keywords: Belgium; Federal System; Flemish Policy; immigration; Inburgering policy; integration policy; language; migrant; newcomers



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