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See detailSocial Interactions between Immigrants and Host Country Populations: A Country-of-Origin Perspective
Gsir, Sonia ULg

Report (2014)

This paper aims at exploring how countries of origin can affect migrants’ socio-cultural integration in multicultural European societies. Socio-cultural integration is considered through the lenses of ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at exploring how countries of origin can affect migrants’ socio-cultural integration in multicultural European societies. Socio-cultural integration is considered through the lenses of different kinds of social interactions between migrants and host society namely: intermarriages, interethnic friendship, interethnic relations in workplaces, and encounters in the neighbourhood. The literature review highlighted that these social interactions prove to depend on a multiplicity of factors related mainly to the destination country (such as residential segregation, degree of racism and acceptance, opportunities for encounters and neighbourhood effects) and of individual factors related to the migrant (such as demographic characteristics, migration trajectory and length of residence and work position). The impact of countries of origin and transnational links is more difficult to assess considering that little research has directly dealt with the issue. However, the paper shows that some non-state actors such as family members and some state-actors such as Ministries or consulates, may have an influence on the social interactions of emigrants abroad even though this influence can be indirect. The paper tries to map actors and related actions including very specific cases like family pressure to discourage intermarriage or broader ones through programmes targeting diaspora which may have an empowerment effect on emigrants and thus foster their socio-cultural integration. Finally, through the paper, some specific case studies on transnational ties and integration are presented and several hypotheses and questions for further research are highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailCivic Participation and Integration: A Country of Origin Perspective
Gsir, Sonia ULg

Report (2014)

This paper offers an insight into how emigration countries influence immigrants in their host society. Our main objective is to explore the following questions: first, whether and how emigration countries ... [more ▼]

This paper offers an insight into how emigration countries influence immigrants in their host society. Our main objective is to explore the following questions: first, whether and how emigration countries can influence the civic participation of immigrants in immigration countries and second, whether transnational links, in particular political transnational activities, have an impact on civic participation in receiving countries. Civic participation is approached as a form of political participation outside of traditional political institutions. As an active and collective dimension of engagement in society, one form of civic participation consists in being active in organizations. This paper addresses three forms of involvement: in local politics (mainstream organizations focused on mainstream issues), immigrant and homeland politics (migrant organizations focused on ethnic or country of origin issues) and finally a combination of mainstream and other issues with bi-national associations. The paper also raises the issue of maintaining links with the country of origin and simultaneously integrating into the immigration country. It questions, in particularly, the impact of transnational civic engagement on civic participation in destination countries. Several case studies are presented and, in the case of Mexico/U.S., some show that the Mexican migrant experience in hometown associations help maintain civic ties with Mexico and positively affect civic participation with U.S. issues. Other cases indicate that civic participation can, indeed, be influenced by transnational links, but also that it relies on the institutional context of the receiving country: for example questions such as access to citizenship). Possible conflicts of interests with countries of origin and countries of destination are also raised in relation to the civic participation of emigrants here and there. Finally, different diaspora policy mechanisms are put forward and in particular, the paper hypothesizes the existence of diaspora empowering mechanism. In order to highlight this mechanism, we map country of origin actors also chart the different kind of actions that can affect civic participation. [less ▲]

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See detailLos nuevos trabajadores migrantes en Europa. El surgimiento de una política común de inmigración laboral.
Gsir, Sonia ULg

in Revista Latina de Sociología (2013), 3

Since the zero-immigration discourse dominated, the European cooperation on labour immigration did not develop as one of free movement of Community workers. Discussing about a common policy on new labour ... [more ▼]

Since the zero-immigration discourse dominated, the European cooperation on labour immigration did not develop as one of free movement of Community workers. Discussing about a common policy on new labour immigration in Europe has not been an easy process. A policy plan was finally adopted six years after the implementation of the Amsterdam Treaty in 1999 to reach a first law in 2009. The first aim of this paper is to understand the policy-making process of a common labour immigration policy. Based on the theoretical framework of discursive institutionalism, this paper aims to explain the policy process carried out by the European actors, particularly the European Commission. Using the concept of discourse defined as ideas and interactions, it examines the ideas about new labour migration in Europe. It shows how the European actors reached step by step an agreement on the so-called Blue Card Directive. The migrant workers categories emerging from the process range from the new economic migrant to the emblematic highly skilled worker. The common labour migration policy that was finally adopted leaves the Community door ajar. It is characterized by a differentiated approach and a preference for temporary immigration. [less ▲]

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See detailEU Labour Immigration Policy: Discourse and Mobility
Gsir, Sonia ULg

in Refugee Survey Quarterly (2013), 32(4), 90-111

This article seeks to present the labour immigration policy developed at the European Union level since the entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty until the adoption of the first European law on labour ... [more ▼]

This article seeks to present the labour immigration policy developed at the European Union level since the entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty until the adoption of the first European law on labour immigration. The first part relates the European debates and discourses regarding the opening to new labour migration and it highlights the main steps of the policy debate at the European level. The European Commission discourse on labour migration is emphasised as well as the reactions of other actors, in particular the Member States. The second part examines the Council Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment, also called the Blue Card Directive. This part highlights the features of the category of new labour migrants and points out the consequences of preferring temporary mobility. It also reviews other categories of workers such as seasonal workers and intra-corporate transferees. In the final section, the article questions the rationale of the on-going European Union discourse, the policy and its challenges. Despite new European Union discourse in favour of a certain kind of migrants; wanted migrants (skilled workers) are treated as nonwanted migrants. [less ▲]

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See detailIMISCOE Research Network, Training and Research Inventory
Gsir, Sonia ULg

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See detailDiscourses and Coexistence, Intercultural Cohabitation in the Belgian City of Verviers
Gsir, Sonia ULg; Mandin, Jérémy ULg

in Revista de Ciencias Sociales (2012), 18

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See detailIMISCOE Research Network, Training and Research Inventory
Gsir, Sonia ULg

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See detailDiversity policy in employment and service provision - Case study: Antwerp, Belgium
Gsir, Sonia ULg

Report (2009)

Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders and its population comprises around 13% foreigners. Yet a quarter of the inhabitants have a migration background and they represent 30% of the working population ... [more ▼]

Antwerp is the largest city in Flanders and its population comprises around 13% foreigners. Yet a quarter of the inhabitants have a migration background and they represent 30% of the working population. Until recently, the diversity policy adopted by the city focused on specific target groups – people with a migration background was one of them. It was a categorial diversity policy. And specific departments were in charge to stimulate and support the policy through specific measures and actions with respect to each specific target group. The Integration Service and in particular the IS diversity consultants developed intensive contacts with some other services such as the Urban Poverty Department. The main challenges remain the language barriers and the recruitment procedures of the city. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversity policy in employment and service provision - Case study: Valencia, Spain
Gsir, Sonia ULg

Report (2009)

The city of Valencia has a population of 807,396 inhabitants and is the centre of an extensive metropolitan area which brings the number to a million and a half people. This total represents 18% of the ... [more ▼]

The city of Valencia has a population of 807,396 inhabitants and is the centre of an extensive metropolitan area which brings the number to a million and a half people. This total represents 18% of the population of the Valencian region and makes Valencia, in terms of population, the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. It is also the third largest city in terms of registered immigrants. Foreign nationals – just as Spaniards – have to register in the municipal census. The city population increased throughout the 20th century and was stable during the 1990s. At the beginning of the 21st century, a strong migratory inflow has led to a new dynamic increase in the population. [less ▲]

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See detailReport from Belgium
Gsir, Sonia ULg

in Doomernik, Jeroen; Jandl, Michael (Eds.) Modes of Migration Regulation and Control in Europe. (2008)

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See detailVers une politique commune d’immigration par le partenariat international et l’intégration des migrants ?”,
Gsir, Sonia ULg

in Hanf, Dominik; Muñoz, Rodolf (Eds.) La libre Circulation des personnes. Etats des lieux et perspectives. (2007)

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Gsir, Sonia ULg; Bousetta, Hassan ULg; Jacobs, Dirk

in Triandafyllidou, Anna; Gropas, Ruby (Eds.) European Immigration. A Sourcebook. (2007)

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See detailChapitre 5 : Perceptions des dispositifs et pratiques d’intégration en Région wallonne par les réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile recevables et positions d’opérateurs d’intégration
Gsir, Sonia ULg

in Kagné, Bonaventure (Ed.) Pratiques d’intégration des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile en Région wallonne (2006)

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See detailInternational Migration and Its Regulation
Gsir, Sonia ULg; Baganha, Maria; Doomernik, Jeroen et al

in Penninx, Rinus; Berger, Maria; Kraal, Karen (Eds.) The Dynamics of International Migration and Settlement in Europe. A State of the Art. (2006)

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See detailLe statut juridique du migrant en Belgique
Gsir, Sonia ULg

in Leleu, Yves-Henri; Dirix, Eric (Eds.) Rapports Belges au Congrès de l'Académie Internationale de Droit comparé à UTRECHT. The Belgian reports at the Congress of Utrecht of the International Academy of Comparative Law. De Belgische rapporten voor het Congres van de "Académie Internationale de Droit comparé" (2006)

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