UPSTREAM is a European research project on Developing Effective Strategies for the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance. It analyses how, why and to what effect governments at the EU, national and local level mainstream their migrant integration policies. Furthermore, the project aims to promote a learning process in terms of policy coordination, practices and outcomes in the governance of migrant integration. UPSTREAM is a joint project of six leading European research institutes from the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Spain, France and Poland. The project is funded by the European Integration Fund. Please find more information, updates and background of the project as well as publications from UPSTREAM on this website.
At the upcoming Metropolis conference in Milan, UPSTREAM will host a panel on ‘Mainstreaming Integration Governance in Europe: challenges and opportunities. The panel will be organized together with the KING project on Knowledge for Integration Governance. The panel is to take place on Tuesday November 4th, 16:00-17:45.
Mainstreaming immigrant integration policy has been defined as ‘the future’ of immigrant integration policies in Europe. Mainstreaming is about reorienting policies at the entire population, including vulnerable groups, such as immigrants, without targeting them specifically. Despite the growing attention for mainstreaming, little is known about how and why integration policies are mainstreamed and to what effect. This panel brings together two European projects on mainstreaming. The KING project, Knowledge for Integration Governance, aims to gather knowledge on the present position in relation to migrant integration throughout the European Union, including mainstreaming as one of Europe’s Common Basic Principles of Integration. The UPSTREAM project focuses on Mainstreaming Integration Governance in Europe. It analyses when, how, why and to what effect governments at the EU, national (Spain, France, the Netherlands, the UK and Poland) and local level mainstream their migrant integration policies.
- Peter Scholten (Erasmus University): The Politics of Mainstreaming in Europe.
- Elizabeth Collett and Milica Petrovic (Migration Policy Institute – Europe): Mainstreaming immigrant integration policies in Europe: drivers and practices
- Alberto Martinelli (University of Milan): Mainstreamed policies and integration practices
- Walter Kindermann (State of Hessen): Mainstreaming: the case of Hessen
Discussant: Eva Schultz (European Commission – DG Home Affairs – Immigration and Integration).
Chair: Peter Scholten (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
See for more information: link.
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UPstream is hosting a panel at the 11th IMISCOE conference in Madrid, 27th-29th of August 2014.
The panel on mainstreaming of migrant integration policies will be chaired by Elisa Brey (UCM, Spain and CEDEM, Belgium) and Patrick Simon (INED, France and CEE-Sciences Po, France) and includes papers on the cases-studies from Brussels, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland.
Read more on the conference program here.
The literature review and policy brief on the conceptualization of mainstreaming are the result of the first phase of the UPSTREAM project. Now published online!
The study approaches mainstreaming from both migration- and policy-literature providing a comprehensive conceptualization of mainstreaming. The literature review serves as the first step of the UPSTREAM project. Currently the conceptualization is applied to the different EU, country and city cases as part of the following workpackage, analyzing mainstreaming at a policy level.
Read more on the literature review and policy brief under publications.
Last week, several UPstream-project members attended the conference ‘Policy for Everyone’ at the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs on mainstreaming integration policies. Elizabeth Collett and Milica Petrovic (MPI) presented their report ‘Experiences of mainstreaming immigrant integration in Europe: lessons for the Netherlands’. What is mainstreaming and how can it be recognized in other countries like the UK, France, Denmark and Germany? In addition, a key note speech was given by Trevor Phillips, former chair of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Trevor stressed the importance of addressing the entire society in all its diversity, not trying to mold minorities in certain separate categories.
These speeches were followed by three workshop sessions: one on the German example regarding school-to-work transitions, one on the approach to youth radicalization and criminalization in cities and a final one on ‘Mainstreaming: from preaching to practicing’. In this workshop, the participants discussed the applicability of mainstreaming as a concept with Elizabeth, Trevor, Carlien Scheele (Director of Emancipation policy at the Ministry of Education) and Afke van Rijn (Director integration policy at the Ministry of Social Affairs). This resulted in interesting examples of mainstreaming, but also highlighted the difficulties accompanying the use of mainstreaming as a term.
The UPSTREAM project will start in January 2014. The kick-off meeting is to take place in Rotterdam on 13 and 14 January 2014 (location; Hotel New York). The full programme of the kick-off meeting can be downloaded here.