The Equality Challenge
Edited by Sonia Morano-Foadi and Micaela Malena
Introduction: integration for third-country nationals in the EU–the challenge of equality
Introduction: integration for thirdcountry nationals in the EU – the challenge of equality Sonia Morano-Foadi SCOPE AND AIMS OF THE BOOK Words such as integration, migration, citizenship and equality are at the core of political speeches and media communications. They represent the focus of national agendas, particularly in Europe, and are frequently linked to security and border control. However, they are not just empty words; by contrast, depending on the interpretation of their meaning they can have varying consequences for individuals. The significance of these terms, while vague and content-less to some audiences, is extremely powerful and relevant to those whom the laws and policies address. Scholarly theories and academic discourse analysis often ‘unpack’ their connotations to reveal their profound implications. The study of migration in all its forced and voluntary forms and regarding its interplay with equality and integration is particularly appealing. This volume does not try to engage in a critical theoretical discussion stemming from the different concepts of integration, equality, migration and citizenship. On the contrary, it engages with them to provide a contextual analysis of the various layers of ‘citizenship’1 accorded to non-EU nationals legally resident within the EU borders. It attempts to blend legal, sociological and policy-oriented research to examine the status of this group of migrants, referred to, in EU jargon, as Third-Country Nationals (TCNs). It reflects on the limitations present in the EU equality legislation2 as abuses and discriminations triggered by The conceptual background has sometimes been referred to as ‘denizenship’, a term sometimes...