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Negative and Positive Integration in European Immigration Policies


  • Vink, Maarten P.


The increased salience in the 1990s of immigration politics in the European Union has been accompanied by a rise of the scholarly attention for this topic. What most studies leave aside, however, is the question of how European integration impacts on national immigration policies. This paper differentiates between types of European integration and presents empirical evidence from the case of the Netherlands. It analyzes to what extent and how issues related to free movement, asylum and citizenship are affected substantively by European integration. The paper concludes that how Europe impacts on domestic politics depends on the question of why Europe should be involved at all.

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  • Vink, Maarten P., 2002. "Negative and Positive Integration in European Immigration Policies," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 6, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:eiopxx:p0086

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    1. Antoaneta Dimitrova & Bernard Steunenberg, 2000. "The Search for Convergence of National Policies in the European Union," European Union Politics, , vol. 1(2), pages 201-226, June.
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    Cited by:

    1. Kancs, d'Artis & Kielyte, Julda, 2010. "European Integration and Labour Migration," European Integration online Papers (EIoP), European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A), vol. 14, November.
    2. Achim Kemmerling, 2003. "Regional Input on the Social Dimension of Ezoneplus: Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Austria, and Germany," Eastward Enlargement of the Euro-zone Working Papers wp13c, Free University Berlin, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, revised 01 Mar 2003.
    3. Maarten P. Vink, 2003. "Limits of European Citizenship: European Integration and Domestic Immigration Policies," The Constitutionalism Web-Papers p0018, University of Hamburg, Faculty for Economics and Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Science.


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