Lyon focus group: Growing diversity and local impact anti-discrimination policies

LyonThe 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.

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Rotterdam and Amsterdam mainstreaming practices, Dutch focus groups

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!

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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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Publication of country reports ‘Politics of mainstreaming’

Country report of our latest work package now published online. Find out all about the politics of mainstreaming in France, the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and the EU!

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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.

Program:

  • 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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First UPstream newsletter online!

Find the latest news on the UPstream-project in the very first newsletter!

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UPstream panel at IMISCOE conference

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.

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