Framing Immigrant Integration

Dutch Research-Policy Dialogues in Comparative Perspective

Peter Scholten

Framing Immigrant Integration

Peter Scholten

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

314 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Paper $59.50 ISBN: 9789089642844 Published November 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Debates on immigrant integration often center on “national models of integration,” a concept that reflects the desire of both researchers and policy makers to find common ground. This book challenges the idea that there has ever been a coherent or consistent Dutch model of integration and asserts that though Dutch society has long been seen as exemplary for its multiculturalism—and argues that the incorporation of migrants remains one of the country’s most pressing social and political concerns. In addition to an analysis of how immigration is framed and reframed through diverse dialogues, the author provides a highly dynamic overview of integration policy and its evolution alongside migration research.


1. Introduction
2. Research-policy dialogues and the framing of immigrant integration
3. Frames and frameshifts in Dutch immigrant integration policy and research
4. Technocracy and the construction of the Dutch multicultural model (1978–1983)
5. Enlightenment and the rise of universalism (1989–1994)
6. The engineering of the assimilationist turn (2000–2004)
7. Dutch exceptionalism? Immigration integration research and policies in France, Germany and the United Kingdom
8. Conclusion: Towards reflective research-policy dialogues?

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