Adrian Favell, Professor of Social and Political Theory,
Radical Humanities Laboratory, University College, Cork, Ireland

Ort: Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Bäckerstraße 13, 1010 Wien, Seminarraum 1
Datum: 5. Dezember 2023, 18 Uhr

Discussant: Ayşe Çağlar, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

Moderation: Rainer Bauböck, Kommission für Migrations- und Integrationsforschung (KMI), Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

The notion of ‘immigrant integration’ is used everywhere – by politicians, policy makers, journalists and researchers – as an all-encompassing framework for rebuilding ‘unity from diversity’ after large-scale immigration. Promising a progressive middle way between backward-looking ideas of assimilation and the alleged fragmentation of multiculturalism, ‘integration’ has become the default concept for states scrambling to deal with global refugee management and the persistence of racial disadvantage. Yet ‘integration’ is the continuance of a long-standing colonial development paradigm. It is how majority-white liberal democracies absorb and benefit from mass migration while maintaining a hierarchy of race and nationality – and the global inequalities it sustains. Immigrant integration sits at the heart of the neo-liberal racial capitalism of recent decades, in which tight control of nation-building and bordering selectively enables some citizens to enjoy the mobilities of a globally integrating world, as other populations are left behind and locked out.