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Questioning the homogenization of irregular migrants in educational policy: from (il)legal residence to inclusive education

Elias Hemelsoet (UGent)
(2011) EDUCATIONAL THEORY. 61(6). p.659-669
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This article questions the way irregular migrants are approached in educational policymaking. In most cases, estimations of the number of irregular migrants serve – despite large methodological problems – as a starting point for policymaking. Given the very diverse composition of this group of people, the question is whether residence status is an appropriate benchmark to deal with the social problems related to these people. There seems to be a homogenising tendency at work which reduces the complexity of irregular migration. Preferable distinctions are overlooked or even denied. Inclusive education seems to bring in an alternative that does not reduce individuals to a group they belong to. Thus it is claimed that differences only matter at the individual level. The question is, whether there is no new form of homogenisation at work here. Using the case of Roma people, this paper claims that (apart from an ethical concern with the unique individual) group differences do matter for educational practice, theory and policy. Qualitative data on the social practices people are living in can help to get an insight in the particularity of situations. This “insight” or “understanding” in its turn is a requirement for policymakers to make well-considered choices.
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estimations, social practices, policymaking, irregular migrants

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Hemelsoet, Elias. 2011. “Questioning the Homogenization of Irregular Migrants in Educational Policy: From (il)legal Residence to Inclusive Education.” Educational Theory 61 (6): 659–669.
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Hemelsoet, E. (2011). Questioning the homogenization of irregular migrants in educational policy: from (il)legal residence to inclusive education. EDUCATIONAL THEORY, 61(6), 659–669.
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Hemelsoet E. Questioning the homogenization of irregular migrants in educational policy: from (il)legal residence to inclusive education. EDUCATIONAL THEORY. 2011;61(6):659–69.
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Hemelsoet, Elias. “Questioning the Homogenization of Irregular Migrants in Educational Policy: From (il)legal Residence to Inclusive Education.” EDUCATIONAL THEORY 61.6 (2011): 659–669. Print.
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  author       = {Hemelsoet, Elias},
  issn         = {1741-5446},
  journal      = {EDUCATIONAL THEORY},
  keyword      = {estimations,social practices,policymaking,irregular migrants},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {659--669},
  title        = {Questioning the homogenization of irregular migrants in educational policy: from (il)legal residence to inclusive education},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-5446.2011.00427.x},
  volume       = {61},
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