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Editorial: Turkish migrants and their descendants in Austria Patterns of exclusion and individual and political responses


  • Wiebke Sievers

    () (the Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Vienna, Austria)

  • Ilker Atac

    () (Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna, Austria.)

  • Philipp Schnell

    () (the Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Vienna, Austria)


Turkish immigrants and their descendants have become the main target of anti-immigrant political mobilization in Austria since the 1990s. They have come to epit-omize the image of the Oriental enemy and the Muslim other. Based on these discur-sive constructions, Muslims in general, and Turks in particular, have often been de-scribed as unwilling to integrate into Austrian society. The articles in this special issue show not only that these discourses and exclusionary attitudes may result in discrimi-natory practices towards Turkish immigrants and their descendants in Austria, but also that the alleged unwillingness to integrate may be explained by the lack of effort made by the Austrian government and Austrian institutions to integrate this group.

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  • Wiebke Sievers & Ilker Atac & Philipp Schnell, 2014. "Editorial: Turkish migrants and their descendants in Austria Patterns of exclusion and individual and political responses," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 11(3), pages 263-274, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:11:y:2014:i:3:p:263-274

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