Axis 2. Programme 1. Immigration as a social and political issue

As it is more important than ever to be aware of the issues analysed in Axis 1 in order to avoid the categories, the modes of thinking and even the analytical perspectives imposed particularly by the institutional or political rationale, study must also focus on the processes themselves that constitute immigration as a “social issue”. The analyses developed in this programme concentrate on migrant participation in the general institutional structure and how the signification of the immigrant presence in host societies is formulated, in terms of the juridical rules and political and administrative traditions that partly condition the cognitive and normative framework in which the problems and solutions are thought.