THE MISMEASURE OF INTEGRATION: societal unease/success of THIRD COUNTRY NATIONAL’s IN THE EU

Public law policy on the inclusion of third country nationals in the EU (non-EU migrant, TCN), “integration policy”, constructs the migrant ‘Other’; hostility, oppression, discrimination in host societies inform such policies. They essentially legitimize territorialism, societal unease, and power politics. Migrants are asked about personal moral culpability, personal beliefs and affections. On the other hand the ‘good migrant’, with skills, qualifications, and wealth, economically beneficially to the receiving society, are exempted. We focus on two undesirable consequences of such “integration policies”, 1) they have made acceptable the idea that the progressive incorporation of the vast majority of newcomers relies on a process of ‘conversion’ into suitable, economic, members and 2) the generalized assumption that (un)successful integration can be measured by objective indicators. We argue that there are missing pieces in crafting sustainable policies of inclusion of non-EU migrants.