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Governing Migration and Social Cohesion through Integration Requirements: A Socio-Legal Study on Civic Stratification in Switzerland
Project responsable Christin Achermann
Stefanie Kurt
   
Abstract This socio-legal project questions how and with what effects the notion of “integration” has become, in migration law, administrative and court practice, a decisive criterion based on which states select which migrants shall be granted or denied access to specific rights (e.g., right of abode, political rights, right to family reunification). This affects the way social cohesion is strived for and reveals how both in law and practice social cohesion is conceived of and who is considered to belong or not.
Based on the analysis of legal texts, ethnographic data and documents our research contributes to understanding how state officials deal with different categories of mobile or sedentary foreign nationals (in terms of gender, class, ethnicity, religion, age, etc.) when deciding about the allocation or denial of rights based on the criterion of “being integrated”. The underlying rationales of policies and practices are to be interpreted within broader processes of social transformation, e.g., the rise of the human rights regime, of neoliberalism, and of a “culture of control”.
In order to allow for continuity with the nccr – on the move projects Unity and Diversity in Cohesion (2014-2018) and Restricting Immigration (2014-2018), Switzerland is at the center of the study. The study implies an inter-cantonal and an international comparison with two contrasting European welfare states: Germany and Sweden.
   
Keywords migration control, social welfare, socio-legal, street-level bureaucrats, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden
   
Project homepage http://https://nccr-onthemove.ch/projects/governing-migra...
   
Type of project Fundamental research project
Research area Migration et mobilité
Method of financing nccr-on the move / SNSF
Status Ongoing
Start of project 1-11-2018
End of project 31-12-2022
Contact Christin Achermann