New publication by Ilke Adam shows that immigrant integration is increasingly coordinated across policy levels

Immigrant integration policy-making has long been considered a prerogative of the nation state. Yet, in recent years, elements of these policy areas have been shifted upwards, to the international level (EU and international organizations), downwards, to the sub-state level (regional and local authorities) and outwards (to countries of origin, transit and private actors). This dispersal of policy-making power increases the need for coordination. 

Ilke Adam and Eve Hepburn (Edinburgh University & Policy Scribe,) edited a special issue of Regional and Federal Studies inquiring into how and why governments in multi-level states coordinate on immigrant integration. Through a comparison of four case studies (Belgium, Canada, Italy and Spain) – which includes within-case comparisons over time, across regions and across sub-policy areas –  the authors aimed to identify the features of intergovernmental relations and the nature and dynamics that shape these. 

Amongst many other things, the contributions in this special issue show that discussions on immigrant integration have slowly but surely entered the platforms for intergovernmental interaction between government levels. Specific intergovernmental agreements, councils, or committees have been created. Furthermore, immigrant integration has been mainstreamed in intergovernmental discussions in sectoral committees and councils on employment, housing, health, and education. The authors also tested drivers of conflictual versus cooperative behaviour across policy levels, informal versus structural intergovernmental relations

Link to introduction & conclusion of the special issue: ADAM, Ilke and HEPBURN, Eve (2018), Intergovernmental Relations on Immigrant Integration in Multilevel States. A Comparative AssessmentRegional and Federal Studies,