Handbook on Migration and Social Policy
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Handbook on Migration and Social Policy

Edited by Gary P. Freeman and Nikola Mirilovic

In this detailed Handbook, an interdisciplinary team of scholars explores the consequences of migration for the social policies of rich welfare states. They test conflicting claims as to the positive and negative effects of different types of migration against the experience of countries in Europe, North America, Australasia, the Middle East and South Asia. The chapters assess arguments as to migration’s impact on the financial, social and political stability of social programs. The volume includes comprehensive reviews of existing scholarship as well as state of the art original empirical analysis.
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Chapter 2: Immigration, integration and citizenship policies: indices, concepts and analyses

Marc Helbling


Over the last decade more and more scholars working on citizenship, integration and immigration have started to quantify admission, integration and naturalization policies and to construct indices that aim to measure inclusiveness or exclusiveness of formal regulations. This chapter provides an overview of this new development. It sorts indices according to what they seek to measure, asks how they have been used in empirical studies and suggests what research questions can be addressed by means of these new frameworks. It will also discuss the conceptual challenges that must be met if we are to employ quantified measures in the three fields of admission, integration and naturalization. Finally, it points to some of the major work yet to be done in order to advance this research area. The chapter makes a simple but important contribution by bringing together the immigration policy field on the one hand and the integration and citizenship policy fields on the other hand. So far, these two areas have mostly been studied independently of each other.

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