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Associate professor public policy & politics, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Mid-term meeting of UPSTREAM project, Oxford 5-6 Feb. 2015

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.


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UPSTREAM hosting panel together with KING at Metropolis Conference 2014

header_titleAt 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.

Panel outline:

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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Formal logo of project UPSTREAM now announced

With the help of Troebel Design, the UPSTREAM project is now happy to announce its formal logo. logo 3

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Kick-off meeting of UPSTREAM, Rotterdam, 13-14 January 2014

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.

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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.

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