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Support and Opposition in Portugal

Posted 31 October 2016

Today, the project Support and Opposition in Portugal led by João Carvalho (ISCTE-IUL) officially started with an international workshop in Lisbon. The project team will replicate the SOM study in Portugal.

New Publications

Posted 28 October 2016


A project like SOM never quite ends when the funding ends. Here are some recent publications coming out of the project:

Support and Opposition in Italy

Posted 15 October 2016

Ornella Urso (Scuola Normale Superiore) has replicated the SOM project in Italy as part of her PhD, focusing on (changing) frames on immigration and integration in Italy and Spain. She has recently defended her PhD.

The Politicisation of Migration ("SOM Book")

Posted 27 March 2015

Why are migration policies sometimes heavily contested and high on the political agenda? And why do they, at other moments and in other countries, hardly lead to much public debate? The entrance and settlement of migrants in Western Europe has prompted various political reactions. In some countries anti-immigration parties have gained substantial public support while in others migration policies have been hardly controversial. These are the questions addressed in our edited volume The Politicisation of Migration (aka the SOM book), now available from Routledge (edited by Wouter van der Brug, Gianni D'Amato, Didier Ruedin, and Joost Berkhout). The book unites work from all researchers involved in the SOM project and examines how and to what extent immigration has become politicised in the seven SOM countries between 1995 and 2009. With a joint theoretical frame on politicization and de-politicization, the book goes beyond mapping variations across countries and time.

New Publications

Posted 2 September 2014

We're happy to announce the forthcoming publication of our edited volume The Politicisation of Migration, due for publication with Routledge in early 2015 (edited by Wouter van der Brug, Gianni D'Amato, Didier Ruedin, and Joost Berkhout). The book unites work from all researchers involved in the SOM project and examines how and to what extent immigration has become politicised in the seven SOM countries between 1995 and 2009. With a joint theoretical frame on politicization and de-politicization, the book goes beyond mapping variations across countries and time. It emerges that immigration has increasingly become debated in terms of socio-cultural differences. Similarly, beginning with the recent economic crisis, the salience of immigration has decreased. The book finds that mainstream parties -- especially those in government -- are central player in politicizing immigration, leaving a relatively limited role for ‘challengers’ like radical right-wing parties.

In the meantime, Laura Morales and Virgina Ros (along with Sergi Pardos-Prado) saw their article made available online ahead of print. Their paper looks at the changing dynamics of electoral competition around immigration in Spain.

Morales, L., Pardos-Prado, S., Ros, V. 2014. Issue emergence and the dynamics of electoral competition around immigration in Spain. Acta Politica. DOI: 10.1057/ap.2014.33

Replicating SOM

Posted 22 December 2013

The SOM project may officially be finished, but we have just gained a new partner, so to speak. A team in Italy will replicate the SOM project for Italy, adding a country we always thought would be interesting to cover. In this context we have added yet more instructions detailing exactly how we went about data collection.

Morales, L., Pardos-Prado, S., Ros, V. 2014. Issue emergence and the dynamics of electoral competition around immigration in Spain. Acta Politica. DOI: 10.1057/ap.2014.33

Publications

Posted 5 November 2013

Academic publications are notorious for taking time, but we're happy to announce our first publications, in addition to the SOM working papers. Laura Morales and Virgina Ros have a working paper detailing the Spanish case: La politización de la inmigración en España en perspectiva comparada (in Spanish). Didier Ruedin published two papers on party positions on immigration, covering both substantive and more methodological aspects. Sarah Meyer and Teresa Peintinger contributed a chapter (in German) on the inclusion and exclusion of immigrants in Austria to a book edited by Ilker Atac and Sieglinde Rosenberger (read a review of the book).

Results in Brief

Posted 18 October 2013

What is SOM about in a nutshell? The European Commission has now published a brief summary on their website. It's available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish. For a more detailed view, have a look at our publications, including the SOM working paper series.

All Data Available

Posted 26 September 2013

In line with policies from the European Commission, all our data are now freely available from our Dataverse. Limited online analyses are possible, too.

Asylum Policy Indicators

Posted 1 February 2013

As part of the project, we have expanded the MIPEX indicators to reach back to 1995. We have also collected an additional indicator on asylum policies. These data are now available separately, to include the entire period: 1995 to 2011. Five aspects of policies related to asylum seekers are covered at five points in time.

Two New Working Papers

Posted 3 November 2012

We are pleased to announce two new working papers on claims-making in the news. The papers by Joost Berkhout provide a detailed description of the politicization of immigration, and discuss conceptual and methodological issues related to the analysis of claims-making in news media respectively.
  1. Berkhout, J. 2012. “Changing Claims and Changing Frames in the Politics of Migration in Western Europe, 1995-2009SOM Working Paper 9: 1–31.
  2. Berkhout, J.. 2012. “Claims in the News: Conceptual and Methodological IssuesSOM Working Paper 10: 1–39

Final Conference in Brussels

Posted 4 October 2012

Last week we presented our results to a broad audience of social scientists and other possible stakeholders such as journalists, civil servants, and politicians. Some pictures from the event in Brussels are now available.




Policy Briefs Available

Posted 25 September 2012

We are please to present three policy briefs on the politicization of immigration in Europe. The first policy brief outlines key patterns of politicization in the seven countries under study. It clearly outlines how aspects of salience and polarization are different aspects of politicization. The second policy brief focuses on de-politicization: Under what circumstances does the issue of immigration become depoliticized? The third policy brief focuses on the politicization of immigrant groups, specifically Muslims. All policy briefs are available on the policy portal.

Conference: The Politicisation of Migration in Europe

Posted 24 September 2012

This week we will present our results to a broader audience of social scientists and other possible stakeholders such as journalists, civil servants, and politicians. The event will take place on 27 September in Brussels. The full programme is available now.

Data on Political Opportunity Structures (POS)

Posted 13 June 2012

We are pleased to announce the the release of additional data files, on the political opportunity structure (POS). Immigration-related POS indicators cover both the country level and the party level. The data files are available in our data section on this web site, as well as in our Dataverse, where you can download the data in various formats and undertake limited analysis on-line.

Conference: The Politicisation of Migration in Europe

Posted 1 June 2012

On 27 September we will present our results to a broader audience of social scientists and other possible stakeholders such as journalists, civil servants, and politicians. Contact us if you have not received an invitation and would like to attend.

Data on Demographics and Policy

Posted 24 May 2012

We are pleased to announce the the release of our first data files on the demographics of immigration, and the legal and policy situation of immigrants respectively. The data files are available in our data section on this web site, as well as in our Dataverse, where you can download the data in various formats and undertake limited analysis on-line.

SOM Working Paper on Immigrant Categorization

Posted 8 May 2012

How are immigrant groups referred to in claims in the news? In a new working paper, we follow Koopmans (2007) and consider for ways: status categories, racial categories, religious categories, and categories drawing on country of origin or ethnic identities. Whilst we find substantial differences between countries in the use of migrant-group categories, these differences do not fit the policy tradition typology suggested by Koopmans. Of the various groups, we find that Muslims are often differentiated in the news media.

More SOM Working Papers

Posted 21 March 2012

We are pleased to announce the the first batch of working papers for 2012.

Internal Workshop in Brussels

Posted 20 March 2012

The entire SOM team met in Brussels for a constructive internal workshop on 16 and 17 March. The project remains firmly on track, and we are excited to work with the data collected.

SOM Working Papers

Posted 22 November 2011

We are pleased to announce the first papers in the SOM Working Paper Series. Our instructions for data collection are available as working papers in the case of the codebook and the political opportunity structure (POS), and separately in the case of the demographics of immigration.

Internal Workshop in Amsterdam

Posted 2 October 2011

The entire SOM team and the advisory board met in Amsterdam for a constructive internal workshop on 30 September and 1 October. The project remains firmly on track, and we expect to publish working papers before the end of the year.

SOM Has Reached Half-Way Stage

Posted 15 April 2011

The SOM has reached half-way stage on 31 March 2011. The project partners are busy completing the data collection, and the project remains on track. We are looking forward to beginning the analysis soon!

SOM at Tagung Rechtsextremismus in Basel

Posted 14 December 2010

SOM will be present at the Tagung: Rechtsextremismus in der Schweiz: Hintergründe, Trends und Handlungsbedarf on 14 January 2011 in Basel. The project will be introduced to researchers and practitioners working on the extreme right.

Internal Workshop in Las Palmas

Posted 14 December 2010

The entire SOM team met in Las Palmas for an intensive 2-day internal workshop on 9-10 December.  The project remains firmly on track, and we have started to collect paper ideas to explore and analyze the data of the SOM project in many ways.

SOM a Success Story

Posted 5 November 2010

SOM is featured as a success story by Euresearch, the Swiss Guide to European Research and Innovation

SOM at Religious Diversity, Tolerance and Values Workshop

Posted 22 September 2010

SOM will be present at the Religious Diversity, Tolerance and Values workshop in Brussels on 18th and 19th October. This workshop organized by the European Commission brings together current and past FP6 and FP7 projects.

SOM at the IMISCOE Annual Conference

Posted 15 September 2010

SOM was present at the IMISCOE 7th Annual Conference in Liège. The project was introduced to other members of the IMISCOE Research Network.

Internal Workshop in Neuchâtel

Posted 12 June 2010

The entire SOM team and the advisory board met in Neuchâtel for a constructive internal workshop on 11 June.  The project remains firmly on track.

Website Launched

Posted 19 January 2010

The website of the SOM project finally goes live!

SOM at HERA

Posted 15 December 2009

SOM is present at the HERA Workshop on Humanities - Impact, Trends and Challenges in Berlin. The project will be introduced to a large audience.

SOM Launched

Posted 5 October 2009

The project is launched with an internal workshop in Vienna.