Integration: What Works and What Doesn’t Work?
This is episode six of our course Six Impossible Ideas (after Brexit). For this series, we’ve teamed up with six researchers from the London School of Economics, each offering a compelling take on one seemingly impossible idea.
What is a seemingly impossible idea, you ask? We’ve challenged each of our lecturers to propose an idea about migration that appears self-evident to them but is missing, misunderstood, or misinterpreted in public conversation.
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Part 6/6 from Six Impossible Ideas (after Brexit)
The integration of refugees and migrants is a policy priority for every European government right now. However, according to Dominik Hangartner, political scientist at LSE Government, we know surprisingly little about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to integration.
Dominik’s impossible idea is that we should seek empirical answers to these questions and turn them into more effective policies. In this episode, he answers three such questions. We’ve turned them into 2-minute explainers, but should you want to read the original research, we’ve linked to that, too.
European attitudes to asylum-seekers
Costs of a slow asylum process
How does citizenship affect integration?
For more on Dominik’s research, here are the papers corresponding to each video:
“How economic, humanitarian, and religious concerns shape European attitudes toward asylum seekers”
“When lives are put on hold: Lengthy asylum processes decrease employment among refugees?”
“Catalyst or Crown: Does Naturalization Promote the Long-Term Social Integration of Immigrants?”
Dominik is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Faculty Co-Director of the Migration Policy Lab at the University of Zurich. He completed pre-doctoral fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University, going on to earn his PhD from the University of Bern. Dominik has written extensively on attitudes towards immigrants and migration policies. You can find more links to his work on his personal website.
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