Mainstreaming and Redefining the Immigrant Integration Debate in Old Migration Countries: A Case Study of France, the UK and the Netherlands

  • Patrick Simon
  • Mélodie Beaujeu


This chapter analyses the mainstreaming of immigrant integration governance against the background of severe demographic, political and policy changes in immigrant integration policies in France, the UK and the Netherlands. Departing from early integration policies in the 1980s the approaches to immigrant integration have changed drastically over the last decades. Successive waves of immigration led to a diverse build-up of both the migrant population as well as the society as a whole. In the policy and political domain, a strong backlash against multiculturalism and assimilationist turn manifested itself in the early 2000s. This chapter addresses how these new objectives or policy frames change the philosophies of integration in the ‘old countries of immigration’, replacing the last evolution in the context of fast changing paradigms and addressing the specific issue of the categorization of the recipients of integration and antidiscrimination policies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Simon
    • 1
  • Mélodie Beaujeu
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques—French Institute for Demographic StudiesParisFrance
  2. 2.Centre d’Etudes EuropéennesSciences Po ParisParisFrance

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