måndag 26 april 2010

Forskare: så utformas liberala integrationstest

Artikeln Illiberal Liberalism: Cultural Restrictions on Migration and Access to Citizenship in Europe av Liav Orgad undersöker förekomsten av olika former av integrationskrav i Frankrike, Tyskland, Nederländerna, Storbritannien och Danmark för att få invandra och bli medborgare. Orgad menar att många av testen strider mot liberala principer och föreslår hur andra typer av tester bör utfomas. Hela artikeln kan laddas ner här.

This article addresses a simple but important and understudied question: Is culture a legitimate criterion for regulating migration and access to citizenship? While focusing on France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Denmark, I describe how these states embrace illiberal migration policies which violate the same values they seek to protect. I then construct a two-stage set of immigration-regulation principles: In the first stage, immigrants would have to accept some structural liberal-democratic principles as a prerequisite for admission; these principles are not culturally-oriented but constitute a system of rules governing human behavior in liberal democracies. In the second stage, as part of the naturalization process, immigrants would have to recognize and respect some constitutional principles essential for obtaining citizenship of a specific state. I call this concept 'National Constitutionalism'. As the American debate on immigrant integration policy comes at a decisive moment, the European experience has some important lessons for U.S. policymakers.

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