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.
Compasblog by our UK partner Ole Jensen on the mainstreaming of EAL (English as Additional Language). Though subject to various policy changes and cuts, in schools with historically high levels of ethnic diversity the mainstreaming of EMAG funding has resulted in increased budgetary flexibility. In Southwark for example -one of the British case studies in our project- schools have built up considerable EAL expertise. In fact, recent studies indicate EAL students in London achieve higher scores than EAL students in other regions (Strand et al 2015). Read the full blog here.
On April 13-14, a Dutch delegation of local and national policymakers will visit Polish counterparts on the topics of diversity mainstreaming and intra-EU mobility, part of a broader series of work visits organized in the context of the UPSTREAM project on mainstreaming integration governance.
The Dutch delegation includes representatives from the Department of Social Affairs, the Department of Security and Justice and the City of Rotterdam. They will be accompanied by several scholars from the UPSTREAM project, from Erasmus University Rotterdam, MPI-Europe and the Center for Migration Research of the University of Warsaw.
Besides roundtables on the central themes of the work visit (with representatives of Polish ministries, local authorities and NGO’s), the group will also visit the NGO Development Across Borders, the think tank Institute of Public Affairs and the Dutch Embassy in Poland.
For the full program of the work visit, see link.
Next week the Polish workvisit to Spain will take place.
The visit focuses on the sharing of Polish-Spanish experiences with integration and mainstreaming, as two relatively ‘new’ immigration countries. The Polish visitors will meet with several governmental- and non-governmental actors. See the full program below.
Next week the Dutch Upstream symposium on mainstreaming will take place.
Informed by the initial findings from the latest work package ‘Mainstreaming in Practice’ the state of mainstreaming in the fields of social cohesion and education will be discussed amongst the participating officials, political spokesmen and experts.
See the full program and list of participants below (in Dutch)
All the Upstream partners are busy preparing and hosting the work visits. The visits are initiated to stimulate bilateral learning amongst the European countries.
A good and informative trip to all those traveling along!
Schedule work visits
March 23/24 Spanish visit to UK
March 25/26 UK visit to France
March 30/31 French visit to the Netherlands
April 7/8 Polish visit to Spain
April 13/14 Dutch visit to Poland
MPI Europe held two focus groups in December 2015. Despite landing on a day of a national strike in Belgium, participants from the European Commission and civil society braved the lack of public transport to participate in rich discussions about how mainstreaming has been put into practice within the EU Institutions.
The first focus group on how the European Commission promotes mainstreaming in education, discussed the importance of education to the European Union’s sustainable, inclusive, growth strategy. The second focus group on social cohesion and neighbourhood policy, discussed the difficulties of addressing housing and homelessness in the European Commission, as it falls between policy portfolios. Participants highlighted the difficulties of horizontal coordination (working across DG borders on cross-cutting issues such as integration) and vertical coordination (taking into account the needs of the local level). Debate also centred on ways to better manage EU funds to promote integration objectives, especially in light of the new Asylum and Migration Fund.
The first focus group took place on the 21th of November 2014 in Lyon at the Regional Institute for Youth, Sport and Social Cohesion (DRJSCS in French), which is a regional body in charge of Social Cohesion policy. The focus group gathered professionals from national institutions in charge of integration of immigrants, as the Prefecture of the Rhône-Alpes Region, and from local institutions based in the two neighbourhoods chosen for the fieldwork, in both education and social cohesion fields. A short presentation by Mélodie Beaujeu (INED) on the first findings obtained in the first stage of the study was used to launch the discussion among participants. The central issue and question posed to the participants related to the advantages and disadvantages of adopting either a generalist approach and measures regarding integration issues or a more specific approach. The debate focused on whether the specific policies would result in the stigmatization of certain groups and on the relevance of having specific policies in a context where there is a growing diversity, and, at last, on the local impact of anti-discrimination policies.
Interesting and insightful Dutch focus group on the mainstreaming of immigrant integration, with policy advisers and executive officers sharing their experiences in the fields of diversity, education and social cohesion.
Interesting to learn more about the meaning of the mainstreaming practices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. While Rotterdam is strong in its discourse, it proves much more pragmatic in policy practices. In Amsterdam on the other hand, mainstreaming seems strongly engrained in education and social cohesion policies implementation.
Promising input for the upcoming Dutch report on Mainstreaming in Practice!
The mid-term meeting of the UPSTREAM project is to be hosted by COMPAS in Oxford, 5-6 February 2015. During the meeting, the project team will discuss the first project findings concerning the conceptualization of mainstreaming and the politics of mainstreaming; what does mainstreaming mean, and how and why do some governments mainstream their integration approaches whereas others don’t. Furthermore, during the meeting the first steps will be taken toward the analysis of the impacts of mainstreaming on integration outcomes.
The UPSTREAM project is due to be completed in June 2015. The project is co-funded by the European Integration Fund, and involves a consortium of 6 partners from various parts of Europe: Erasmus University Rotterdam, MPI-Europe, COMPAS Oxford, Complutense University Madrid, INED Paris and the Center for Migration Research in Warsaw. Transnational reports, country reports, and policy briefs of the project are featured on this website. A book publication based on the project is due in early 2016.