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Development of European Common Immigration Policy Immigrants as Constitutive Outside

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This paper analyses the EU common immigration policy particularly focusing on immigrant integration. Immigrant is conceptualised and conceived in terms of EU citizen. In other words, as constitutive outside, immigrants construct EU citizens. This paper argues that firstly legal immigrants in the EU were recognised as members of a European society who therefore to be guaranteed freedom in secure status. The logic that diverse immigrants are secured freedom in a plural EU society was shifted toward more economic- and security-oriented approach that establishes dichotomy of immigrants with diversity and integrated European societies. According to this new logic -mainly appeared in Common Basic Principles for integration- this diversity of immigrants must be managed. If it fails, immigrants would become a threat for European 'common values and principles'. Also, immigrants must show the fact of integration into the society by contributing economy. There is apparently security-economy nexus in this logic of integration. This nexus also appears in a new EU legal migration policy. In this framework it is said illegal migration causes a threat to security and stability on the one hand, while well-managed legal migration makes co-development of the EU and the country of origin on the other. Whereas immigrant implicitly constructs well integrated and peaceful European societies and civilised EU citizens.

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