Policy actors' narrative constructions of migrants' integration in Malmö and Bologna

Scuzzarello, Sarah (2015) Policy actors' narrative constructions of migrants' integration in Malmö and Bologna. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (1). pp. 57-74. ISSN 0141-9870

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Governments have policies explicitly directed at the integration of migrants. This article addresses how policymakers and politicians privilege certain constructions of the social relationship between migrants and the majority society (expressed through narratives of ‘integration’), while making it seem as if they were presenting facts in their policies. These constructions provide the justifications for adopting a direction in policy-making over other alternatives. This article sets to analyse comparatively how policy actors in two urban contexts construct migrants' integration through policy narratives and how, within this, they evaluate migrants as ‘integrated’ and ‘non-integrated’. Through narrative analysis, the article sheds light on how migrants are positioned by political institutions within the normative order of the society in which they live. Furthermore, it shows that local policy-making is shaped by national citizenship regimes, models of steering, welfare regimes and stories about the nation and its people.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
Depositing User: Sarah Scuzzarello
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 15:51
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 14:13
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/54516

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