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The UPSTREAM project examines the rationale and impact of the mainstreaming of integration governance.

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We just received news that a new project has been awarded by the European Integration Fund: UPSTREAM, or ‘Developing Effective Strategies for the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance.’ The project will analyse how, why and to what effect governments at the EU, national and local level mainstream their migrant integration policies.

Mainstreaming means embedding integration into generic policies for the entire population. The project aims to promote a learning process in terms of policy coordination, practices and outcomes in the governance of migrant integration. It asks the central question ‘What are the obstacles and opportunities that mainstreaming generates in terms of migrant integration policies and outcomes?’ The project will start at December 1st 2013.

Besides an EU case, five country cases were selected: the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, France and Poland. The country cases involve an analysis of national policies and policies in two cities (one major and one medium-sized city). Cases: – EU level – The Netherlands (Rotterdam, the Hague) – The UK (Bristol, Peterborough) – France (Paris and Lille) – Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) – Poland (Warsaw and Poznan).

The project will involves the following partners:

– Erasmus University Rotterdam (coordinator)

– Center on Migration, Policy and Society – University of Oxford

– Migration Policy Institute Europe

– Universitat Complutense de Madrid

– Institute National d’Etudes Demographiques (INED)

– Center for Migration Research in Warsaw