ISAAC COHEN ORANTES
The concept of integration dates back a long time, although it has been used as an economic term only since the Second World War, when it was used to explain one of the objectives of the programmes for the reconstruction of Europe. Since its distant origins, its meaning has changed according to circumstances, which justifies an exploration of its various meanings in order to give them a sense appropriate to the present circumstances.
This article does not have a merely semantic purpose, however, as it attempts to shed light on the term by adapting it to reality as far as possible, in order to derive from it more viable integrationist measures. In other words, it is an attempt to define integration so as to identify concrete measures capable of being adopted and carried out. This does not mean, of course, that a simple clarification of the concept of integration is enough to overcome the difficulties involved in the process. This approach does, however, recognize that overcoming these difficulties requires, inter alia, the development of a suitable definition.
The study is divided into two parts. The first is a review of the definitions of integration most frequently used at present, in order to define their common features and some of their disadvantages; the second part offers an alternative definition and analyses its components and some of its advantages.