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Policy Brief 17 (in FRENCH): L’imaginaire du complot

(2009) Jérôme Jamin, Amsterdam: IMISCOE This policy brief explores the importance of conspiracy rhetoric within populist and far right speeches in Europe and the United States. It shows how populist and far right parties have developed a rhetoric that is based on the rescue of democracy despite their obvious rejection of the values and principles which set up democracy. Jerome Jamin helps to explain why right-wing scapegoating and conspiracy theories have become so popular in countries around the world and how these manage to recruit people into political action that undermines social cohesion. The policy brief is based on the IMISCOE Publication by the same author: L’imaginaire du complot. Discours d’extrême droite en France et aux Etats-Unis (2009, IMISCOE-AUP Series, Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press).
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Policy brief 16: Family migration in Europe: policies vs. reality

(2009) Albert Kraler and Eleonore Kofman, Amsterdam: IMISCOE Family-related migration has become one of the main legal means for people to gain admission. Yet, current political and public debates increasingly see the ‘migrant family’ as an obstacle to integration. As a result, family-related modes of migration are more and more becoming subject to restrictions. This brief maintains that the assumptions underlying state policies as well as public debates on family-related migration do not do justice to the reality of family migration. The brief makes several suggestions to improve family migration related policies.
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 Policy brief 15: Research-Policy Dialogues on Migration and Integration in Europe

(2009) Rinus Penninx and Peter Scholten, Amsterdam: IMISCOE The research-policy dialogues in the domains of migration and integration are increasingly contested. Policymakers often complain about the lack of clear scientific evidence upon which to base their policy decisions. Meanwhile, researchers seem increasingly disenchanted with the impact of their studies and the difficulties of delivering ‘unwelcome messages’. This policy brief presents different ways research-policy dialogues have previously been organised and help inform policymakers and researchers in their work to strengthen the research-policy nexus.
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Policy brief 14: European Integration: A matter of acknowledging identities

 (2008) Charles Westin, Amsterdam: IMISCOE The European Union aims to integrate new and old member states and seeks to create an economically strong, democratic and administratively well-functioning union of independent states that peacefully co-exist. In order to realise this, policymakers must validate the complexities of identity issues in an increasingly multiethnic Europe. This policy brief addresses such questions of identity at the European, national and local policy levels. This brief is based on the forthcoming IMISCOE publication Identity Processes and Dynamics in Multiethnic Europe by Charles Westin et al. (eds).
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Policy Brief 13: Ties across borders: the growing salience of transnationalism and diaspora politics

(2008) Rainer Bauböck, Amsterdam: IMISCOE Most contemporary forms of migration create enduring ties across international borders. Migrants’ transnational connections and activities offer both opportunities and challenges for source and destination countries. Conflicting attitudes towards migrant transnationalism can produce serious obstacles for the migration management that policymakers on both sides claim to pursue. It is therefore important for policymakers, NGOs and migrant organisations to understand the underlying processes and to combine policy agendas. This policy brief gives insight into new realities of transnationalism and in policy trends in both sending and host countries that shape ties across borders.
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Policy Brief 12: Transit, migration and politics: Trends and constructions on the fringes of Europe

(2008) Frank Düvell, Amsterdam: IMISCOE This policy brief is the culmination of papers presented at the IMISCOE conference (Irregular) Transit Migration in the European Space, which took place 18-20 April 2008 at Koç University, Istanbul. It argues that learning what transit migration is – and what it is not – can help policymakers refine migration measures. It presents how the term transit migration is both a political loaded term (often referring to unwanted migration) as well as a sociological concept that aims to cover a specific though complex set of types of migration. A better understanding of transit migration could alleviate the stigmatisation of migrants and transit countries.
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Policy brief 11: Entrance fees for migrants: A fair and efficient proposal for immigration policy reform

(2008) Holger Kolb, Amsterdam: IMISCOE This policy brief proposes a fee-based entrance system to control migration flows. By integrating economic and migration theory, the proposal rests on the observations that current migration policies are unfair and inefficient. A fee-based entrance system could control migration flows while satisfying labour market demands, satisfying state requirements and respecting human rights. This brief is based on the IMISCOE publication Migrants and Markets: Perspectives from Economics and the Other Social Sciences by Holger Kolb and Henrik Egbert (eds) (Amsterdam University Press 2008).
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Policy brief 10: Illegal migration: how gender makes a difference

(2008) Marlou Schrover, Joanne van der Leun, Leo Lucassen and Chris Quispel. Amsterdam: IMISCOE This policy brief specifically presents illegal migration in a gender-based analysis. It argues that to understand a migrant’s choice to migrate illegally and to remain illegal in the receiving country, his or her position prior to migration must be considered; that women often experience unfavourable circumstances in their country of origin and that an institutionalised perception – of illegally migrant women being at risk and illegally migrant men as posing a threat – creates different circumstances for the men and women who try to migrate illegally. The brief is based on the IMISCOE publication: Illegal Migration and Gender in a Global and Historical Perspective (Amsterdam University Press 2008).
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Policy brief 9: Decentralised citizenship politics: Between national justice and municipal particularities

(2008) Marc Helbling. Amsterdam: IMISCOE Switzerland constitutes the most extreme case when it comes to local-level variations in citizenship policies. In this country, every municipality is attributed its own right to decide the criteria for naturalising foreigners. As a result, we observe a large range of different naturalisation policies. This policy brief discusses the mechanisms that influence local naturalisation policies, as well as advantages and problems that come with a decentralised system. The brief is based on the IMISCOE publication Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood. Naturalisations in Swiss Municipalities.
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Policy brief 8: How should liberal-democratic states accommodate religious diversity?

(2008) Veit Bader. Amsterdam: IMISCOE Established institutions and policies that deal with religious diversity in liberal-democratic states are under pressure more than ever before. This policy brief, based on the IMISCOE publication Secularism or Democracy? Associational Governance of Religious Diversity (Amsterdam University Press 2007) by Veit Bader, takes an original theoretical and practical approach to problems concerning the governance of religious diversity. It proposes a moderate and flexible version of democratic institutional pluralism called Associative Democracy (AD).
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Policy brief 7: The future of migration research in Europe

Karen Kraal (2008), IMISCOE Policy Briefs. Amsterdam: IMISCOE This policy brief will discuss the challenges for future migration research in Europe in relation to migration developments and policy making. The brief is based on the IMISCOE publication The Dynamics of International Migration and Settlement in Europe (2006), by Rinus Penninx, Maria Berger and Karen Kraal (eds.). The main argument is that the political discourse on migration and settlement could be fed more efficiently by developing new approaches and perspectives to better understand the dynamics of migration and settlement.
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Policy brief 6: Diversity, equality and discrimination in working life

Karen Kraal and Judith Roosblad (2008), IMISCOE Policy Briefs. Amsterdam: IMISCOE This policy brief is based on an international IMISCOE expert meeting including trade unions and employers which took place on 15-16 November 2007. The brief explores the causes of labour market exclusion and company measures to promote diversity and sets out strategies to achieve equal opportunities on the labour market. The brief underlines the role of discrimination in limiting, if not altogether blocking, career opportunities and stresses the role of legislation and the commitment of trade unions, employers and researchers.
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Policy brief 5: Towards a better understanding of human smuggling

Friedrich Heckmann (2007), IMISCOE Policy Briefs. Amsterdam: IMISCOE IMISCOE migration researchers have recently made new efforts to better understand the phenomenon of human smuggling. The present policy brief will report on some key results of this study.Unique data was collected that enabled the researchers to gain more insight into trends in smuggling and smuggling processes. This policy brief will give insight into the results by focusing on the process of human smuggling and will present key factors that influence the combat of human smuggling and the dramatically increasing death toll among smuggled migrants.
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Policy brief 4: How to tackle ethnic diversity at the local level: examples from policy practitioners in Amsterdam and Berlin

Floris Vermeulen (2007), IMISCOE Policy Brief, Amsterdam: IMISCOE. Focusing on the dynamic of groups in an effort to promote equality can create tensions among people, particularly when policymakers focus on groups defined on the basis of ethnicity. This policy brief endeavours to provide an answer, suggesting ways to deal with the paradox of recognising difference while still promoting equality. It is meant for policymakers and policy practitioners, specifically at the local level, who are working on inequality issues.
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Policy brief 3: Inside Perspectives on the Process of Human smuggling

Ilse van Liempt, (2007). IMISCOE Policy Brief, Amsterdam: IMISCOE. This policy brief is of interest to policymakers who deal with irregular migration and asylum, particularly as the fields pertain to human smuggling. The brief presents an alternative perspective from which to take into account social perceptions of human smuggling, to pay more attention to diversity within smuggling processes and to accommodate the complex stories that may lie hidden in the smuggling process.
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Policy brief 2: The acquisition and loss of nationality in 15 EU states. Results of the comparative project NATAC

Bauboeck, R. (2006) IMISCOE Policy Brief, Amsterdam: IMISCOE. In this policy brief Bauboeck introduces the results of the international comparative project NATAC and gives various policy recommendations based on the results. He focuses on the impact of citizenship policies of EU member states on the settlement, political participation and integration of migrants.
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Policy brief 1: Innovative concepts for alternative migration policies

 Jandl, M. (2006) IMISCOE Policy Brief, Amsterdam: IMISCOE. This policy brief is directed at researchers and policy makers at all levels. It is based on a workshop with various experts and divided into two parts. The first part identifies common themes and principles in the design of alternative migration policies that run across the proposals presented at the workshop. The second part provides a short overview on the cutting-edge thinking presented by the participants. A longer workshop report is published under Working Papers Conference Reports.
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