MinMig - Accommodating Linguistic, Religious and Cultural Diversity Through A Comparative Analysis of Minorities’ and Migrants’ Claims (EDIS)

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  • Project duration: March 2020 - December 2021
  • Project status: finished

Accommodating religious, linguistic and cultural diversity while at the same time ensuring cohesion and shared standards of living together are some of the biggest challenges that modern societies face. Most European countries have had heterogeneous population structures throughout their history, as frequent wars left minority groups on both sides of newly established borders. Due to a history of minority persecution and assimilation, most European states have nowadays implemented minority protection policies for historic minority communities. “Respect for and protection of minorities” is part of the Copenhagen Criteria for EU accession, and “respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities” is outlined as one of the EU’s founding values in Article 2 TEU. While protection measures for “old” minority groups are thus firmly rooted in national and international provisions, no stable system for integrating diversity originating from the most recent migratory flows has been established yet. Minorities and migrant groups are regarded as a dichotomy, and largely studied in isolation from each other, when in fact migrant integration frameworks could benefit immensely from the vast experience of minority protection policy and research. The present project aims to bridge this gap, by investigating the under-researched field of claims made by migrants, and comparing them to those of historic minority groups. It poses the following main research question: Which rights and protection systems developed for old minorities could be beneficially extended to new minorities? In order to provide answers to this question, we first have to collect the claims made by “new” minorities, and analyze them in comparison to those of “old” minorities, looking at similarities and differences. If there are claims shared by both groups, those will then be evaluated regarding the necessary framework conditions for extending some of the provisions applied to “old” minorities to migrant groups. The project makes an important contribution to both migration and minority research, and provides the scholarly foundation for a new more comprehensive approach to dealing with linguistic, cultural and religious diversity.

Europäische Zivilgesellschaft und Migrationspolitik: Soziale Medien als Partizipations- und Vernetzungsforen
Crepaz K (2021)
Contribution in book
Rechtsstaatlichkeit, Grundrechte und Solidarität in Österreich und in Europa: Festgabe zum 85. Geburtstag von Professor Heinrich Neisser, einem europäischen Humanisten


The Minority Safepack Saga
Crepaz K (2021)

Conference: ECMI Workshop on Minority Rights and Social Movements | online | 20.5.2021 - 21.5.2021


The Regionalization of "Old" and "New" Minority Identities
Crepaz K (2021)

Conference: Council for European Studies 27th International Conference of Europeanists | online | 21.6.2021 - 25.6.2021


Diversity Governance in Public Discourse: The Case of Migrant Organizations
Crepaz K (2021)

Conference: IPSA World Congress 2021 "New Nationalisms in an Open World" | online | 10.7.2021 - 15.5.2021


Diversity-Related Research in Times of Covid-19: Moving a Mixed Methods Project Online
Crepaz K (2021)

Conference: ECPR General Conference 2021 | online | 30.8.2021 - 3.9.2021


Different Types of Diversity, Similar Claims? A Regional Comparison of "old" and "new" Minorities
Crepaz K (2021)

Conference: ECPR General Conference 2021 | online | 30.8.2021 - 3.9.2021


Different Types of Diversity, Similar Claims? A Regional Comparison of "old" and "new" Minorities
Crepaz K (2021)

Conference: Tag der Politikwissenschaft 2021 | Salzburg | 25.11.2021 - 26.11.2021


Apples with Pears? Opportunities for new Comparative Approaches to Inequalities, Mobility and Migration
Crepaz K, Roller K, Kreissl K (2021)

Conference: Tag der Politikwissenschaft 2021 | Salzburg | 25.11.2021 - 26.11.2021


Fundamental Rights and Non-EU Minorities: From an Ambiguous Concept to an Integrated Society?
Medda-Windischer R, Crepaz K (2021)
Contribution in book
Minority Politics in the European Union - Research Handbook


"Vecchie" e "nuove" minoranze: Sinergie regionali, differenze e prospettive
Crepaz K (2021)

More information: 10.5281/zenodo.5656767



"Alte" und "neue" Minderheiten: Regionale Synergien, Unterschiede und Perspektiven
Crepaz, K (2021)



"Old" and "new" minorities: Regional synergies, differences and perspectives
Crepaz K (2021)

More information: 10.5281/zenodo.5656645



'Old' and 'new' minorities: Regional synergies, differences and perspectives
Crepaz K, Medda R, Massetti E, de Varennes F, Ruiz E (2021)

Conference: 'Old' and 'new' minorities - Regional synergies, differences and perspectives | Bolzano/online | 4.11.2021 - 4.11.2021

More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NPtRmSIKUA


Territorialisierung und Selbst-Identifikation nationaler Minderheiten im europäischen Vergleich
Crepaz K (2020)
Contribution in book
Crossing Borders - Passaggi di confine - Grenzgänge: Festschrift für Günther Pallaver

More information: https://www.uibk.ac.at/iup/buecher/9783991060246.html


Overcoming borders: the Europeanization of civil society activism in the ‘refugee crisis’
Crepaz K (2020)
Informa UK Limited
Journal article
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

More information: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183x.2020.1851471



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