The EU migration pact and action plan on integration and inclusion: a progressive step or half measure?

Berry, Stephanie E and Taban, Isilay (2021) The EU migration pact and action plan on integration and inclusion: a progressive step or half measure? European Yearbook of Minority Issues. ISSN 1570-7865 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The European Commission, following the adoption of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, has released the Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 (hereinafter ‘The Action Plan’). The Action Plan outlines recommendations that aim to foster integrated and cohesive societies. However, this article argues that the understanding of integration advanced by the Action Plan has the potential to be counterproductive. Utilising the expertise of minority rights bodies in the field of diversity management, this article scrutinises the Action Plan’s approach, highlighting that it suffers from several distinct flaws. Specifically, the Action Plan is underpinned by a narrative that securitizes both Islam and migration; conflates integration with assimilation; and adopts a thin understanding of integration and intercultural dialogue. Moving forward, the EU should take heed of the work of minority rights bodies to develop a comprehensive integration strategy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Diversity management, migrants, EU Migration Pact, integration, EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion, minority rights
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2021 08:17
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2021 08:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/100805

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