A Comparative Study on Immigrants’ Integration Policies in Romania and Sweden

The immigration crisis in Europe has brought an intensive debate over EU nations’ shared responsibility toward integrating foreigners fleeing insecurity. In this context, Eastern EU countries have shown a lot of anxiety and reluctance to opening their societies to immigrants. The nature of this fear, beside the emerging threat of terrorism, is strongly linked to prejudices, and maybe to a chronic lack of know-how on integrating people without historical (or any other) ties with the host nation.This paper offers a comparative study between integration policies for immigrants in Sweden – a top ranking country in the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) 2015 – and Romania, with the aim to determine areas to improve the latter’s approach toward this issue.

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