The civic turn of immigrant integration policies in the Scandinavian welfare states

Karin Borevi*, Kristian Kriegbaum Jensen, Per Mouritsen

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    This special issue addresses the question of how to understand the civic turn within immigrant integration in the West towards programs and instruments, public discourses and political intentions, which aim to condition, incentivize, and shape through socialization immigrants into ‘citizens’. Empirically, it focuses on the less studied Scandinavian cases of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. In this introduction, we situate the contributions to this special issue within the overall debate on civic integration and convergence. We introduce the three cases, critically discuss the (liberal) convergence thesis and its descriptive and explanatory claims, and explain why studying the Scandinavian welfare states can further our understanding of the nature of the civic turn and its driving forces. Before concluding, we discuss whether civic integration policies actually work.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number9
    JournalComparative Migration Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


    • Civic integration
    • Convergence
    • Immigrant integration
    • Public philosophy
    • Scandinavia


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