Impact of Admission Criteria on the Integration of Migrants (IMPACIM)

December 2011 – October 2012
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This transnational comparative project, which was coordinated by COMPAS, investigated the impact of admission criteria that impose restrictive conditions of stay (in particular those relating to jobs, services, benefits and voting), on the economic, social, cultural and political integration of third country nationals (TCN) in four EU Member States: Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Family migration among TCN migrants is a significant migration channel to many European states. For a long time, having family members join their families has been understood as a positive step for the integration of migrants and has some protection through human rights legislation. This assumption has been increasingly questioned, however, with concerns expressed about the possible slowdown effects of family migration on the integration of some migrant communities.

Despite these concerns, and the numerical significance of this migration channel, not enough is known about family migrants. To contribute to a better understanding of this important topic, the IMPACIM project aimed to identify, analyse and explain more about the integration of TCN family migrants, offering indications of the role that states play in shaping opportunities for legal migrants’ full economic, social, cultural and political participation.

Principal Investigator

Sarah Spencer
Caroline Oliver


Hiranthi Jayaweera
Vanessa Hughes


European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals