Civic Integration of Immigrants in Europe: the Case of Austria and Czechia

Research Area 1 & 2: Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepencies: People, Knowledge and Practices & Norms and Transgressions

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My PhD research deals with a phenomenon of new immigrant integration policies, that have been implemented across Europe since the turn of the century. Countries that traditionally used different approaches to immigrant integration in the past, such as France, the Netherlands or Germany, started to introduce language and civic courses or tests, often put as an obligation to immigrants to obtain a certain type of stay permit in the host country. As follows from the scholar debate of the past twenty years, these new integration policies are referred to as civic integration.

This PhD research aims to contribute to the civic integration debate with new knowledge from the region of Central Europe which is omitted in the academic debate on immigrant integration. On the example of Austria and Czechia, the research intends to point out the dissemination of civic integration policies eastward and to evaluate the development of civic integration use and its form in the selected countries. Most importantly, the research aims at studying the question of civic integration in regards to the net of actors who put these integration policies into practice. While working with the multi-level governance theory, the outcomes of this project shall contribute to the debate of questioning a national vs. local turn in integration policies as a consequence of civic integration introduction.



2016- : International Area Studies (PhD Programme), Department of European Studies, Charles University

2013-2016: West-European Studies (MA Programme), Department of European Studies, Charles University

2009-2013: International Area Studies (BA Programme), Institute of International Studies, Charles University


  • 2016- : Civic Integration of Immigrants in Europe: the Case of Austria and Czechia (PhD dissertation, GAUK project 2019-2020)
  • 2018-2020: Increasing Personal Representation of the Czech Republic in International Organizations (TAČR research 2018-2020)
  • 2016: Civic Integration of Immigrants in France in 2002-2012 (Master Thesis)
  • 2013: Alliance Française and Institut Français: Cooperation or Competition? The Case of the Czech Republic (Bachelor Thesis)


  • Simbartlová Anna, „Civic Integration Policies in Central Europe: The Case of the Czech Republic”, Der Donauraum, forthcoming (2019).

Academic Experience

  • 2019- : Associated PhD Fellow at CEFRES 2019/2020 (CEFRES, Prague)
  • 2019- : Associated Researcher of the Institute of International Relations (IRR, Prague)
  • 2018-2019: Europaeum PhD Scholar
  • 2017-2018: Bachelor Seminar Migration and Integration of Immigrants in Western Europe (FSV UK)
  • 2017: The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (PhD Internship)
  • 2014-2017: European Parliament Simulation SPECQUE
  • 2014-2016: Václav Havel Europaeum MA Scholar
  • 2015: Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris (Václav Havel Europaeum Study Exchange)
  • 2011-2012: Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence (Erasmus Study Exchange)
  • 2006-2008: Invisible Victims of Communism (Research Team Member)

Conferences, Workshops, Summer Schools

  • 2018-2019: Europaeum PhD Scholars Modules (Oxford, Brussels, Geneva, Leiden, Barcelona, Berlin, Prague)
  • 2018: Young Scholars Forum Conference (Institut für den Donauraum und Mitteleuropa, Vienna)
    • Author‘s contribution: Civic Integration of Immigrants in Central Europe. The Case of the Czech Republic
  • 2018: IOM Summer School (International Organization for Migration, Prague)
  • 2018: Europaeum Graduate Workshop (University of Oxford, Oxford)
  • 2014: Europe Work Workshop (University of Cologne, Berlin, Brussels)
  • 2014: Europaeum Graduate Workshop (University of Oxford, Oxford)