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The Local Dimension of Migration Policymaking : IMISCOE Reports - Tiziana Caponio

The Local Dimension of Migration Policymaking

IMISCOE Reports

By: Tiziana Caponio (Editor), Maren Borkert (Editor)

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This book prompts a fresh look on immigrant integration policy. Revealing just where immigrants and their receiving societies interact everyday, it shows how societal inclusion is administered and produced at a local level. The studies presented focus on three issue areas of migration policy - citizenship, welfare services and religious diversity - and consider cities in very different national contexts. Spanning Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada, the cases display great variety in their theoretical and methodological approaches. In all the countries considered, we see that the local level has an undeniable relevance despite differences in state structures, models of integration and centre-peripheral relations. Particularly for future migration policy research, such a complex comparative exercise thus yields an important universal realisation: the local dimension of migration policymaking matters.

IMISCOE has produced yet another timely book on some of the most pressing social issues of our times. This is a highly reliable guide to understanding the challenges associated with large scale immigration to Europe, the diversity that it is introducing to Europe's cities, and the tensions that it poses for governments to resolve. Dr. Howard Duncan, Executive Head, Metropolis Project[-][-]"Caponio and Borkert have assembled a very valuable collection of contributions dealing with the crucial issue of local dimension of integration policies in Europe and beyond. They deal with a variety of topics from grassroots multiculturalism to the local management of religious pluralism in cities to try to make sense of the specific role of local authorities in promoting integration in diverse societies. This is a very refreshing collective effort." Marco Martiniello, FRS-FNRS and CEDEM-UNiversity of Li ge, Belgium[-][-]"Migration scholars have finally discovered the importance of local policymaking. This book convincingly shows that scholars should take the local level seriously and not just focus on national models of immigrant integration. It paves the way for more systematic comparison across cities in different national contexts." Dirk JACOBS, professor in sociology, Universit Libre de Bruxelles[-][-]-Contemporary immigration is an urban phenomenon, but most comparative research on immigration in Europe has compared countries, not cities. _The Local Dimension of Migration Policymaking_ begins to fill this gap, and does so admirably by examining local policymaking and implementation in areas as diverse as youth employment and religious accommodation. Balancing deep, local knowledge with thoughtful attention to the wider political, social and cultural context, this book will appeal to scholars and practitioners alike.- Irene Bloemraad, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley[-]

Introduction: the local dimension of migration policymakingp. 9
From the nation state to the city: the emergence of local integration as a European policy issuep. 9
The study of local integration policy in Europe: where are we and where we are going?p. 13
The content of the bookp. 23
Naturalisation politics in Switzerland: explaining rejection rates at the local levelp. 33
Introductionp. 33
What is to be explored: naturalisation procedures in Swiss municipalitiesp. 35
What is to be explained: the rejection ratep. 37
Looking for explanations: local citizenship politics in Europep. 41
The arguments and how to operationalise themp. 43
The impact of cultural and political factorsp. 48
Conclusionp. 51
Grassroots multiculturalism in Italy: Milan, Bologna and Naples comparedp. 57
Integration models at a crossroad: a defeat of multiculturalism?p. 57
Policies for immigrants in Milan, Bologna and Naples: a comparison of official prioritiesp. 61
Policy networks and implementation: a reconstruction of practicesp. 65
Explaining grassroots multiculturalism: actors' logic in different contextsp. 74
Conclusionp. 79
Young immigrants' low participation in the German vocational training system: how local actors in Munich and Frankfurt/Main try to make a differencep. 85
Introductionp. 85
The situation of young immigrants in the German vocational education systemp. 86
Integration policy and local governance of vocational trainingp. 92
Introducing and establishing new approaches in VETp. 99
Conclusionp. 102
Local Policies concerning unemployment among immigrant youth in Amsterdam and in Berlin: towards strategic replacement and pragmatic accommodationp. 109
Introductionp. 109
The policy paradox: the dilemma of recognitionp. 110
Local integration policies in Amsterdamp. 113
Local integration policy in Berlinp. 116
Immigrant youth unemployment in Amsterdam and in Berlinp. 119
Conclusionp. 130
Managing religious pluralism in Canadian cities: mosques in Montreal and Lavalp. 135
Introduction: cities and the current challenges of religious pluralismp. 135
Issues and approaches associated with creating Muslim places of worshipp. 136
Muslim places of worship: a configurational analysis of institutionalisation processesp. 140
Examples of institutionalisation processesp. 145
Conclusionp. 151
Conclusion: making sense of local migration policy arenasp. 161
Introductionp. 161
Looking for commonality in extreme difference: local policy arenas in the migration fieldp. 163
The contexts: the role of local authorities in migration policymaking in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Canadap. 166
Policymaking patterns in local migration policy arenas: evidence from case studiesp. 172
Conclusionp. 187
List of contributorsp. 197
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ISBN: 9789089642325
ISBN-10: 9089642323
Series: IMISCOE Reports
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 22nd April 2010
Publisher: AMSTERDAM UNIV PR
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.29