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The Integration Nation

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Immigration and Colonial Power in Liberal Democracies

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<p>The notion of &lsquo;immigrant integration&rsquo; is used everywhere &ndash; by politicians, policy makers, journalists and researchers &ndash; as an all-encompassing framework for rebuilding &lsquo;unity from diversity&rsquo; after large-scale immigration. Promising a progressive middle way between backward-looking ideas of assimilation and the alleged fragmentation of multiculturalism, &lsquo;integration&rsquo; has become the default concept for states scrambling to deal with global refugee management and the persistence of racial disadvantage.</p> <p>Yet &lsquo;integration&rsquo; is the continuance of a long-standing colonial development paradigm. It is how majority-white liberal democracies absorb and benefit from mass migration while maintaining a hierarchy of race and nationality &ndash; and the global inequalities it sustains. Immigrant integration sits at the heart of the neo-liberal racial capitalism of recent decades, in which tight control of nation-building and bordering selectively enables some citizens to enjoy the mobilities of a globally integrating world, as other populations are left behind and locked out.</p> <p>Subjecting research and policy on immigrant integration to theoretical scrutiny,&nbsp;<i>The Integration Nation</i>&nbsp;offers a fundamental rethink of a core concept in migration, ethnic and racial studies in the light of the challenge posed by decolonial theory and movements.</p>

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