1st Edition

Extending Protection to Migrant Populations in Europe Old and New Minorities

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive and innovative volume focuses on the usefulness and relevance of extending the scope of protections already in place for national minorities ('old minorities') to migrant populations ('new minorities') in Europe.

    Delving into a highly relevant but under-researched issue, the book examines the feasibility of expanding the system of protection for national minorities to migrant groups, as well as considering issues of diversity, security, socio-economic concerns and identity. Taking a multidisciplinary perspective, and combining insights from political science, law, sociology and anthropology, it asks the central question of how far the extension of policies and rights currently specific to national minorities is conceptually meaningful and beneficial to the integration of ‘new’ minorities. In doing so, it questions the feasibility and appropriateness of extending the scope of the protections already in place for national minorities to other categories of population.

    This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of European Union politics, migration studies, minority studies and more broadly of sociology, international law and human rights.

    1. Introduction: What’s in a Name?
    Caitlin Boulter, Roberta Medda-Windischer and Tove H. Malloy

    2. Deconstructing Myths: What’s in the debate on extending the scope of minority rights and policies to immigrants?
    Francesco Palermo

    3. Francophone Minorities in Canada: Trapped between the new/old minority categories
    Johanne Poirier

    4. Beyond Legal Categories of Indigeneity and Minority-ness: The case of Roma and falling in-between
    Reetta Toivanen

    5. The Moral of Moral Panic: Minorities and migrants in Denmark 1500–1915
    Garbi Schmidt

    6. The Half-hearted Protection of New Religious Minorities’ Fundamental Rights in Europe: A glass half empty and a glass half full
    Kristin Henrard

    7. Integratedness and Deservingness: A perspective from Romanian Roma in Spain
    Andreea Racles

    8. From Security Considerations to De-Securitising the Discourse on ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Minorities
    Andrea Carlà


    Roberta Medda-Windischer is a Senior Researcher and Research Group Leader for National Minorities, Migration and Cultural Diversity at the Eurac Research Institute for Minority Rights, Italy.

    Caitlin Boulter is a Junior Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg, Germany.

    Tove H. Malloy is Director at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany, and Adjunct Professor at the Europa-Universität Flensburg.