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Migration, Welfare States and the Incorporation of Migrants in Different Welfare Regimes (Draft)



The paper examines the interplay between ethnic diversity and types of welfare states by initially considering the impact of ethnic diversity on welfare states and subsequently analysing how ethnic minorities fare in welfare states representing different regime types. The selected countries are Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. The principal features of the migrant population and migrant policies in the selected countries will be briefly addressed and a clustering will be suggested based on findings from the welfare state and migration literature. The third part of the paper will provide a comparative analysis looking at poverty among migrants and also examining to what extent ethnic minorities are incorporated into the systems of social provision in different regime types. For this exercise, data from the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) is used.