How immigrants are debated in countries with different citizenship traditions
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What is it about?
Immigrants and their integration are debated in the media. In this article, I examine how the debates on immigrants vary between countries with different citizenship regimes. To illustrate these differences, I focus on asylum seekers, refugees, and irregular immigrants. Citizenship regimes are conceived as ethnic or civic. The debate on immigration and integration varies by citizenship regime. In countries with ethnic citizenship regimes, we find more debate about asylum seekers, refugees, and irregular immigrants. I also demonstrate that the way immigrant groups are referred to in debates varies across citizenship regimes.
Why is it important?
Debates on immigrants and their integration vary across citizenship regimes: both which groups are debated and how they are referred to. This means that policies implemented in different countries are likely to differ as a result, and not because the affected immigrant groups would be substantively different.
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