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


  • Rianne Dekker
  • Henrik Emilsson
  • Bernhard Krieger
  • Peter Scholten


type="main" xml:id="imre12133-abs-0001"> 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.

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  • Rianne Dekker & Henrik Emilsson & Bernhard Krieger & Peter Scholten, 2015. "A Local Dimension of Integration Policies? A Comparative Study of Berlin, Malmö, and Rotterdam," International Migration Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 49(3), pages 633-658, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:intmig:v:49:y:2015:i:3:p:633-658

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