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‘Old’ vs. ‘new’ minorities – an identity-based approach to the distinction between autochthonous and immigrant minorities


  • Katharina Crepaz

    () (Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy & TU Munich, Munich, Germany)


The present paper argues that the distinction between "old" and "new" minorities cannot only be rights-based, but also has a strong identity and "national narrative" component: Even though autochthonous minorities are still subject to discrimination, in most countries with effective protection schemes they have become part of the larger concept of an "in-group" with the rest of the citizens, and been accepted into the daily identity of the country, while immigrants are regarded as an "out-group". This picture of "them" is strengthened further by a primarily security-based outlook on migration, as will be illustrated through the case of the Roma.

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  • Katharina Crepaz, 2016. "‘Old’ vs. ‘new’ minorities – an identity-based approach to the distinction between autochthonous and immigrant minorities," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 13(2), pages 203-213, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:13:y:2016:i:2:p:203-213

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