A Local Dimension of Integration Policies? A Comparative Study of Berlin, Malmö, and Rotterdam

Rianne Dekker, Henrik Emilsson, Bernhard Krieger, Peter Scholten

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Abstract

This study examines three theses on local integration policies by a qualitative comparative case study of integration policies in three cities in three different countries (Berlin, Malmö, and Rotterdam). We found little evidence of a congruent local dimension of integration policies. Local policies resemble their national policy frameworks fairly well in terms of policy approaches and domains. Our multi-level perspective shows that this is not the result of top-down hierarchical governance, but rather of a multilevel dynamic of two-way interaction. Local policy legacies and local politics matter and national policies are also influenced by local approaches of integration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-658
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Migration Review
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

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