Language and integration tests as a condition for naturalisation and various types of legal residence permits are topical issues in several European Member States. The introduction of the tests reflects a change in ideas on the relationship between legal status and integration.
Since the introduction of the tests is a rather recent development, little is known of the effects of the formalised testing schemes. Whether the tests have in fact contributed to the integration of immigrants in the host society or whether they function as a mechanism for selection and exclusion is unknown.
In this book, experts from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom analyse the policies concerning the integration of newcomers and/or future citizens in their countries.
Ricky van Oers is a Ph.D. researcher at the Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen. She has published on European trends in nationality laws (AUP, 2006) and the recent restrictive turn in Dutch citizenship policy.
Eva Ersbøll is senior researcher at The Danish Institute for Human Rights. She has published extensively on nationality issues, including Acquisition and Loss of Nationality, vol. 1 and 2, (AUP, 2006).
Dora Kostakopoulou is Jean Monnet Professor of European Law and European Integration at Manchester University.
The book will appeal to academics, scholars working on citizenship and nationality law and undergraduate and post-graduate students in Law, Politics and Sociology. It will be suitable for courses in Nationality and Migration Law, Political and Legal Theory, European Politics, Citizenship, Race and Ethnicity, Migration Studies, the Politics of Multicultural Accommodation at either undergraduate or postgraduate levels. It will also be of interest to NGO’s, lobbyists and practitioners involved in law and policy-making, as well as case-workers, language teachers and others. The book addresses the issues of citizenship, naturalisation law reform and multiculturalism, and relays key information on institutional responses to diversity and migrant inclusion.