"State tradition and societal processes of integration in the policy field of migration and integration: a comparative analysis of the Netherlands and Germany"

The research project is a comparative analysis of the influence of state structures, institutions and national policies on the emergence and modes of migrant organisations in the Netherlands and Germany. It is argued that differences in the integration of migrants into the various societal sectors or spheres of integration can be explained by the political and administrative systems as well as by related differences of state traditions and political culture and resulting political strategies vis-à-vis migrant organisations in the two countries. It will be shown, that the degree of institutional segmentation plays a decisive role in the policy formulation and decision-making process. In particular, the different characteristics of both states make up for an interesting comparison. In the Netherlands’ case, one observes a small, unitarian state with a tradition of consensual corporatism and an active integration policy, whereas Germany appears as a big, federal state with its traditions of sectoral corporatism and a selective integration policy.

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