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International Conference: Governing Migration and Integration in Europe’s System of Multi-level Governance

October 28, 2011 — October 29, 2011

Location:University of Victoria

Bringing together scholars from Europe and North America, the conference will examine how immigration and integration policy, once the exclusive domain of national politics, must now contend with new political and social actors and with competing levels of policy competence. Both the sub- and the supra-national (EU) level of governance have developed into meaningful arenas of political debate and policy formation at which issues of immigration and integration are increasingly addressed. Regions have acquired new competence in recruiting immigrants and on various occasions, major cities have taken the lead in developing approaches to integrating newcomers. These developments are particularly pertinent in Europe, where the EU, its regions and cities have become important laboratories for deliberating, developing and implementing immigration and integration policies. Yet, we currently lack a proper understanding of the dynamic at different levels of government in terms of framing the issue and developing policy responses. Scholarship in the field of immigration and integration almost exclusively operates within a conceptual framework defined by national models. The conference will focus on the political processes/ actors and legislative-institutional arrangements that have allowed for a subtle, albeit crucial shift in addressing challenges related to managing immigration and integration.

For full program details, see here. The conference is supported by the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue.