In general, immigration legislation is important for participation of migrants in that it allocates different statuses for different categories of migrants and thus, in a way, circumscribes migrants’ scope for agency. The most important way in doing so is by making migrants’ stay less or more secure. Differentiating rights (most importantly residence and employment rights) of third country nationals for different categories of migrants lies at the heart for what recently the term “civic fragmentation” has been suggested (Kraler 2005, Morris 2001). Providing migrants with a long-term perspective and a pathway to legal integration clearly favours their integration into the wider structures of the receiving irrespective of their actual duration of residence in the country clearly discourages migrants’ participation in the host society.

In general, immigration legislation is important for participation of migrants in that it allocates different statuses for different categories of migrants and thus, in a way, circumscribes migrants’ scope for agency. The most important way in doing so is by making migrants’ stay less or more secure. Differentiating rights (most importantly residence and employment rights) of third country nationals for different categories of migrants lies at the heart for what recently the term “civic fragmentation” has been suggested (Kraler 2005, Morris 2001). Providing migrants with a long-term perspective and a pathway to legal integration clearly favours their integration into the wider structures of the receiving irrespective of their actual duration of residence in the country clearly discourages migrants’ participation in the host society.

Moreover, Integration programmes and related administrative bodies designing and implementing integration programmes may be interpreted as part of the contextual political opportunity structure relevant to the participation of migrants, insofar they offer migrants means and ways to engage with the receiving society, and thus, to indirectly foster their wider participation in civil society. Reading more https://aceproject.org/ero-en/regions/europe/AT/austria-active-civic-participation-of-immigrants 

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