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The Concept of Acculturation and its Policy Implications

Malgorzata Kulakowska

The aim of the paper is to present the policy implications of the acculturation processes. The paper will open with the critical examination of the concept of acculturation, how it is being defined in literature and situated vis-à-vis similar concepts such as integration and assimilation. The most prominent models and theories of acculturation will be presented. The paper will contribute to the discussion on Berry's model and the Relative Acculturation Extended Model (RAEM) drawing from qualitative research conducted among young Polish migrants in the United Kingdom. The second part of the paper deals with the policy implication of acculturation processes. Should the state foster or promote certain modes of acculturation? What are the risks and challenges involved? The analysis would be set in the context of British integration policies directed towards ethnocultural minorities.

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