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Political Motivations For The Introduction Of Integration Requirements

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This chapter analyses the political motivations that have made it possible to introduce integration conditions in various Member States. The author argues that the rise of far right parties in some Member States has been essential in centring the debate on immigration around a supposed lack of integration by third-country nationals. This has gone hand in hand with renewed calls for the preservation of allegedly essential national identities. The response by more mainstream parties to these ideas has been central in seeing the kind of immigration and integration legislation that has been adopted. Moreover, many Governments have also referred to the discussion on integration by pointing to the importance of social cohesion, as well as to the need for having more selective immigration, notably of highly skilled workers. Finally, these ideas have been spread around Europe via networks of government officials.

Keywords: Europe; far right parties; integration conditions; political motivations



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