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The Links between Academic Research and Public Policies in the Field of Migration and Ethnic Relations: Selected National Case Studies – Thematic Introduction

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Author(s): Eric Florence | Marco Martiniello

Journal: International Journal of Multicultural Societies
ISSN 1817-4574

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 3;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: academic research and public policies | migration policies

ABSTRACT
Migration issues are often thought and debated in terms of societal security. The association of migration with a series of social ills such as crime, urban disorder, unemployment, etc. in the mass media and in some political statements is common to many countries. In these conditions, the task of social and political scientists is very delicate and complex, as they are asked to produce objective knowledge about a highly politicised set of issues. Could their work not contribute to the over-dramatisation of migration, even though their aim may be exactly the opposite? Is there not a risk for the results of their work to be misinterpreted in order to fit political strategies?

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