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Family Migration Policies in Europe

Family related migration has been the dominant legal mode of entry in Europe for the past decades. Traditionally, granting migrants the right to family union has been considered as promoting their integration into receiving societies.

Objectives
• To analyse family migration policies in 9 European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and the UK) from two perspectives:
• “top-down” approach – analyses legislation, public debates and expert interviews in the context of policies and policy-making of family related migration.
• “bottom-up” approach – investigates the impact of conditionalities and restrictions on migrants and their families and the responses and strategies migrants adopt to cope with these and to organise their family lives.

Outcomes
The project provides evidences that:
• Family related modes of entry have been increasingly subject to restrictions, while existing conditionalities have been tightened up.
• In current debates about ethnic closure of migrant communities and the alleged “failure” of integration, the “migrant family” is increasingly seen as an obstacle to integration, as a site characterised by patriarchal relationships and illiberal practices and traditions such as arranged and forced marriages.

Duration: 2006–2008
Funded by: NODE research programme, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (Bmwf)

Project coordinator: Veronika Bilger, Albert Kraler

Project partners:
Social Policy Research Centre Middlesex University, MAIZ - Autonomes Integrationszentrum von und für Migrantinnen
External partners:  Department of Sociology, University of Milan; IMISCOE; Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute - Florence 

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Publications

Policy Brief
Albert Kraler, Eleonore Kofman (2009): Family migration in Europe: policies vs. reality. IMISCOE Policy Brief Nr.16
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Final report
Albert Kraler (2010): Civic Stratification, Gender and Family Migration Policies in Europe. Final Report. Revised and updated public version. Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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Policy reports
• Sandra Gil Araujo (2010) 'Family Migration Policies in Spain', NODE Policy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Eleonore Kofman, Madalina Rogoz and Florence Lévy (2010) 'Family Migration Policies in France', NODE Policy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Paola Bonizzoni  and Alina Cibea (2009) 'Family Migration Policies in Italy', NODE Policy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Saskia Bonjour (2008) 'Family Migration Policies in the Netherlands', NODE Policy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Alice Szczepanikova (2008) 'Family Migration Policies in the Czech Republic', NODE Policy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Karina Moeslund and Elisabeth Strasser (2008) 'Family Migration Policies in Denmark', NODE Policy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Eleonore Kofman, Sue Lukes, Veena Meetoo and Pauline Aaron (2008): Family Migration to United Kingdom: Trends, Statistics and policies, NODE Policy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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Advocacy reports
• Sandra Gil Araujo and Virginia Montańés (2009) 'Advocacy Report: Advocacy Work on Family Migration Policies in Spain', NODE Advocacy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Alice Szczepanikova (2008) 'Family Migration Policies in the Czech Republic:
Actors, Practices and Concerns', NODE Advocacy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Michaela Lehofer, Ariane Sadjed, Vlatka Frketic (2008) 'Advocacy Bericht Österreich", NODE Advocacy Report, Vienna/Linz: ICMPD/BMWF/Maiz.
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• Eleonore Kofman, Sue Lukes and Pauline Aaron (2008) 'Family Migration Policies in the United Kingdom: Actors, Practices and Concerns', NODE Advocacy Report, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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Interview analyses
• Karin Sohler, Florence Lévy (2009): Civic stratification, gender and family migration in France:  Analysis of interviews with migrants and their family members. Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Alice Szczepanikova (2009) 'Family Migration in the Czech Republic: A Civic Stratification Perspective', NODE interview analysis, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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• Sandra Gil Araujo (2009) 'Civic Stratification, Gender, and Family Migration Policies: An exploratory Investigation of Migrants involved in Family Migration in Spain', NODE interview analysis, Vienna: BMWF/ICMPD.
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Other project publications

Articles
2010
• Albert Kraler (2010): Ein unkämpftes Terrain. Familienmigration und Familienmigrationspolitik. In: Herbert Langthaler (Hsg): Integration in Österreich. Sozialwissenschaftliche Befunde. Innsbruck: Studienverlag
• Albert Kraler & Paola Bonizzoni (2010): Gender, civic stratification and the right to family life: problematising immigrants’ integration in the EU. International Review of Sociology/ Revue Internationale de Sociologie 20, 1, March 2010, pp.199-205

2009
• Sandra Gil Araujo (2009) "Las periferias de la metrópolis. Políticas migratorias, género y estratificación de la población latinoamericana en Espańa", Genevičve Cortes et Naďk, Miret (coord.), Dialogues transatlantiques autour des migrations latino-américaines en Espagne. Dossier des Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez. Nouvelle série, 39 (1), pp. 57-74
• Elisabeth Strasser, Albert Kraler, Saskia Bonjour, Veronika Bilger (2009):  Doing Family. Responses to the constructions of ‘the migrant family’ across Europe. History of the Family 14, 2, pp. 165–176

2008
• Marie Jelinkova, Alice Sczepanikova (2008): 'Binational Marriages and Czech Immigration Policy: Sorting Truth from Fiction?', in: Migration Online Link
• Eleonore Kofman, Veena Meetoo (2008): Family Migration. In: International Organization for Migration (Ed.): World Migration Report 2008. Geneva: IOM, pp.151-172 Link
• Claudia Pedone and Sandra Gil Araujo (2008). ?Maternidades transnacionales entre América Latina y el Estado espańol. El impacto de las políticas migratorias en la estrategias de reagrupación familiar?, Sole, Carlota; Parella, Sonia and Calvancanti, Leonardo (coords.) Nuevos retos del transnacionalismo en el estudio de las migraciones, Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración, Madrid (149-176) Link

2006
• Eleonore Kofman, Albert Kraler (2006): 'Civic Stratification, Gender and Family Migration Policies in Europe'. Paper prepared for the IMISCOE B3 Cluster Conference in Budapest, 30 May to 2 June 2006. Published as Working Paper Nr. 1 in the ICMPD Research Working Paper Series
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Presentations 2009
• Albert Kraler (2009): Civic Stratification, Gender und Familienmigrationspolitiken in Europa. Vortrag. GEMMA Workshop: Stärkung des Dialogs zwischen Forschung und Politik, Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde, Gartenpalais Schönborn,6. November 2009
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2008
• Veronika Bilger, Albert Kraler, Elisabeth Strasser (2008): 'Doing Family' - Civic Stratification, Gender and Family Migration Policies. Presentation at the 7th European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Lisbon, 28 February 2008
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2007
• Eleonore Kofman, Albert Kraler (2007): 'The Impact of Family Migration Policies on Migrants/ Citizens Affected by Family Migration Policies.' Presentation at the 22nd EMN Meeting (European Migration Network), Brussels, 6. Juli, 2007
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