TITLE

NATIONALISM, MULTICULTURALISM AND INTEGRATION POLICY IN BELGIUM AND FLANDERS

AUTHOR(S)
Loobuyck, Patrick; Jacobs, Dirk
PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Social Research;2010, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This paper aims to analyse the relationship between (sub-state) nationalism on the one hand, and multiculturalism (as represented by integration policy) on the other hand, in Flanders and Belgium. The authors contend that nationalism has an agenda setting function, but it can also influence the content and substance of migration and integration policies. Hence, in this paper, it is argued that the difference between Flemish and Walloon nationalism can explain the differences in migrant policies between the two regions. However, the influence of Flemish nationalism is less univocal than many hypotheses suggest. So the conclusion we reach is that, in line with the national history and sensitivities of the region, the Flemish government sees no contradiction in terms of combining a more assimilationist, with a more multicultural approach.
ACCESSION #
79935703

 

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