Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis

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Policy Papers

Disarming Populism: Recommendations for Designing an Inclusive European Migration and Refugee Policy

This policy research alert looks for answers on how to regain the EU's stability and bridge the gap that has deepened during the 'refugee crisis'. The paper examines how EU institutional discourses and policies, political anti‐migration discourses in EU Member States and public pro-migration discourses interrelate. It provides concrete recommendations for developing inclusive and pro-migration policies based on values in European discourses.

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Toward a Cosmopolitan Europe: Normative Requirements for EU Refugee Policy in the Light of Empirical Possibilities and Constraints

NoVaMigra_D4.2_PRA_Toward a Cosmopolitan Europe_v1.0.pdf What kind of cosmopolitan order "fits" the EU? This is the question we address in this Policy Research Alert. In our project we have examined what kind of „European cosmopolitanism" would be both normatively defensible, feasible and in line with the EU's own normative self-understanding. In this Policy Research Alert we summarize the main results of these analyses and formulate a set of concrete policy recommendations on that basis.

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Valuing Gender Equality: Ideas, Practices and Actors in Everyday Integration Work

  NoVaMigra_D3.3c_PRA_Valuing Gender Equality_v1.0.pdf This policy research alert sums up the results of the briefing paper "Valuing Gender Equality: Ideas, Practices and Actors in Everyday Integration Work" and gives recommendations for policy makers and integration workers. The paper investigates how the value of gender equality is understood and conveyed in integration work in Europe, especially after the increase in state and non‐state initiatives to integrate newcomers. We discuss fieldwork from four European countries - Germany, Hungary, Poland and Sweden.

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Valuing Gender Equality: Ideas, Practices and Actors in Everyday Integration Work (Swedish Version)

Denna policy research alert redogör för resultaten av den engelskspråkiga rapporten "Valuing Gender Equality: Ideas, Practices and Actors in Everyday Integration Work" och presenterar politiskt relevanta rekommendationer på grundval av slutsatser från intervjuerna med integrationsutövare. Fokus ligger på integrationsarbetet som utförs av både statliga och icke-statliga aktörer i olika europeiska länder. Rapporten undersöker hur jämställdhet som värdering förstås inom integrationsarbetet, samt hur det förmedlas till nyanlända flyktingar. Fältarbete från fyra länder diskuteras: Polen, Sverige, Tyskland och Ungern.

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Valuing Gender Equality: Ideas, Practices and Actors in Everyday Integration Work (German Version)

Dieser Policy Research Alert fasst die zentralen Ergebnisse des Briefing Papers „Valuing Gender Equality: Ideas, Practices and Actors in Everyday Integration Work" zusammen und gibt integrationspolitische Handlungsempfehlungen. Der Bericht untersucht inwiefern die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter als Wert verstanden und wie dieser Wert in der Integrationsarbeit in Europa vermittelt wird. Besonderer Fokus wird auf die Rolle gelegt, welche staatliche und nicht-staatliche Initiativen für die Integration von Neuankömmlingen spielen. Die Handlungsempfehlungen resultieren aus qualitativer Forschung zur Integrationsarbeit in vier europäischen Ländern - Deutschland, Ungarn, Polen und Schweden.

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Hospitality in Civil Society: Practices during the European ‘Refugee Crisis’

NoVaMigra_D3.3a_PRA_Hospitality_v1.0.pdf This policy research alert sums up the results of the briefing paper "Hospitality in Civil Society: Practices during the European 'Refugee Crisis'" and presents key policy recommendations regarding the reception of asylum seekers in the EU. The paper examines the concept of hospitality, a critical value in the EU in the period 2015‐2018 during the European 'refugee crisis'. It draws on fieldwork in Greece, Hungary, Poland, Germany, and Sweden and analyses how hospitality manifested through the process of reception and, particularly, accommodation.

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The ‘Refugee Crisis’ and Religious Tolerance in Europe: Plurality of Perspectives

NoVaMigra_D3.3b_PRA_Religion_v1.0.pdf This policy research alert is a companion piece to the briefing paper “The ‘Refugee Crisis’ and Religious Tolerance in Europe: Plurality of Perspectives” on religious tolerance and religious pluralism in five European countries—Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden. We present a series of policy recommendations to strengthen the vision of cosmopolitan Europe where religious tolerance and religious pluralism can flourish.

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European Policy Brief: Quality Newspapers vs. Pouplism

Much of the current debate about immigration, far-right populism and the future of the EU is centred on the increasingly complex relationships between media and political attitudes. [...] Research on populism is mostly about the sources and development of negative attitudes towards Europe, immigration or the “elites”. By contrast, this policy paper focuses on news media that presumably strengthen pro-immigration attitudes among the European public which are typically connected with pro-European attitudes.

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Quality Newspapers vs. Populism: Shaping pro‐immigration attitudes in five EU Member States

What’s the role of the media in shaping attitudes towards Europe as a “continent of immigration”? This policy paper focuses on widely read quality newspapers in France, Germany, Poland and Sweden as well as on the special case of Hungary where press freedom has been largely dismantled. We show that quality newspapers are a bulwark against far‐right populism and crucial contributors to the strengthening of pro‐immigration attitudes in accordance with the core values of the EU.

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The Role of Values in Swedish Integration Practices (English Version)

NoVaMigra_Policy_Research_Alert_3_2019_English_final.pdf In the aftermath of the large inflow of asylum seekers in 2015, questions pertaining to values and norms in Swedish integration work have become more salient. Many integration providers experience an increased importance to communicate and convey norms and values in their daily work. This development, however, leaves many integration providers with question marks on how to best communicate, transmit, or argue for certain values and norms. This policy research alert spells out some of the recent developments and highlights a number of areas of integration to improve.

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The Role of Values in Swedish Integration Practices (Swedish Version)

NoVaMigra_Policy_Research_Alert_3_2019_Svenska_final.pdf Efter det stora inflödet av asylsökande 2015 har många frågor om normer och vär‐ deringar kommit i förgrunden i det svenska integrations‐ och inkluderingsarbetet. Många av de som arbetar med integration och inkludering upplever att det blivit allt viktigare för dem att kunna kommunicera och förmedla normer och värderingar i sitt dagliga arbete. Det reser många frågor om hur man bäst kommunicerar, för vidare eller argumenterar för normer och värderingar. I denna policy research alert sammanfattar vi den senaste tidens utveckling och pekar ut några områden där ar‐ betet med normer och värderingar behöver bli bättre.

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Policy Research Alert: Multicultural Education in Poland (Polish Version)

NoVaMigra_Policy Research Alert_2_AMU_PL_final_updated.pdf Wyzwania w nauce języka polskiego jako obcego i edukacji międzykulturowej na przykładzie Wielkopolski (Polish Language Learning and Multicultural Education: Challenges in the Wielkopolska Region) Liczba uczniów urodzonych za granicą uczęszczających do szkół podstawowych i średnich w Wielkopolsce znacząco wzrosła w ostatnim okresie. W roku szkolnym 2015/2016 w szkołach publicznych w regionie było 585 uczniów urodzonych za granicą. Od tego czasu liczba ta wzrosła pięciokrotnie i na początku roku szkolnego 2018/2019 wynosiła 3200 uczniów. Liczba uczniów urodzonych za granicą stale rośnie, szczególnie, że uczniowie przyjeżdżają i zaczynają naukę w szkołach w ciągu całego roku szkolnego.

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Policy Research Alert: Multicultural Education in Poland

Although Poland has a self‐image of being a monolingual country, bilingualism and multilingualism are on the rise as a result of international migration. Currently, an increased number of limited Polish speaking pupils – both foreign‐born and Polish returned migrant students – attend Polish public schools at all levels. The Wielkopolska region has recently seen a rapid increase of foreign‐born pupils in primary and secondary schools. During the 2015/2016 school year there were 585 foreign‐born pupils in public schools in the region. Since then the number increased fivefold and at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year it reached 3,200 pupils. The number of foreign‐born students continues to grow as students arrive and enrol in schools during the entire school year.

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Policy Research Alert: European Commission

NoVaMigra_Policy_Research_Alert_01_2018_final.pdf The first NoVaMigra Policy Dialogue sought to identify the major challenges to a unified approach to migration and asylum in the European Union. Which are the requirements and particularities on the local, member state and European Union level any migration policy must meet? Do values claim the same motivational force on the level of policy-making? Is there a moment where normative arguments play a role? Or has value-based policy-making been replaced in favour of crisis management? These were some of the questions discussed with representatives from the European policy level, who shared their experiences and actively engaged in discussions with the researchers and other stakeholders in the policy dialogue.

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