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The PROSINT comparative report on pre-entry policies is ready: ‘Integration from abroad? Perception and impacts of pre-entry tests for third-country nationals.’  The report is available for download here: Integration from abroad.

 The analysis focuses on pre-entry policies in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Austria. It is part of the comparative project ‘Promoting Sustainable Integration Policies’, funded by the European Integration Fund for TCN’s.  The comparative analysis was done by the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Prof.dr. Han Entzinger and Dr. Peter Scholten), together with the International Center for Migration Policy Development, Middlesex University and the European Forum for Multicultural Studies.

Several key findings:

– dominant focus of pre-entry policies on (female) family migrants

– most countries focus on social-economic integration of the individual migrant, only some also on social-cultural integration

– establishment of pre-entry policies was primarily a political initiative in all countries studied

– despite strong similarities in formal policies, there are important differences in terms of policy implementation

– thus far integration affects seem modest at best, whereas immigration effects are far more significant.