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CrossMigration is an H2020 project focused at systematic knowledge accumulation in migration studies.

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New book: Coming to terms with superdiversity: the case of Rotterdam

This book, edited together with Maurice Crul and Paul van de Laar, discusses Rotterdam as clear example of a superdiverse city that is only reluctantly coming to terms with this new reality. Rotterdam, as is true for many post-industrial cities, has seen a considerable backlash against migration and diversity. At the same time Rotterdam has become a majority minority city where the people of Dutch descent have become a numerical minority themselves. The book explores how Rotterdam is coming to terms with superdiversity, by an analysis of its migration history of the city, the composition of the migrant population and the Dutch working class population, local politics and by a comparison with Amsterdam and other cities. As such it contributes to a better understanding not just of how and why super-diverse cities emerge but also how and why the reaction to a super-diverse reality can be so different.

The book is available for OA download here: link

Inaugural Address at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Thanks to all who shared this great day with me; my inaugural address at Erasmus University Rotterdam, on 30 November. I hope to continue working in the coming years on the key concepts raised in the inaugural; mainstreaming versus alienation in the dynamics of migration and diversity policymaking. Hopefully the book manuscript on which the inaugural was based, will appear somewhere in 2019. A Dutch version of the inaugural is available for download here

New book: Routledge Handbook to the Governance of Migration & Diversity in Cities (with Tiziana Caponio and Ricard Zapata-Barrero)

The Routledge Handbook to the Governance of Migration and Diversity in Cities focuses on the ways migration and diversity have transformed cities, and how cities have responded to the challenges and opportunities offered. Strengthening the relevance of the city as a crucial category for the study of migration policy and migration flows, the book is divided into five parts:

• Migration, history and urban life

• Local politics and political participation

• Local policies of migration and diversity

• Superdiverse cities

• Divided cities and border cities. 

For more, click here

New book on the governance of intra-EU movement; 'Between mobility and migration'

The new book, edited together with Mark van Ostaijen, on the governance of intra-EU movement is now published! 'Between mobility and migration' discusses the complexities of conceptualizing intra-EU movement and the consequences for the governance in multi-level settings. The book reveals that the conceptualization of intra-EU movement is complicated not only by political and policy-related factors, but also by the intrinsic diversity of intra-EU movement. Furthermore it shows the consequences of this complexification for governance, revealing amongst others the growing 'disjoint' or 'decoupling' between governance approaches adopted at different levels and in different settings. The book is the outcome of a large European research project, IMAGINATION, covering a variety of European countries. 

The book is available in Open Access, via this link

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CrossMigration Opening Conference in Florence

On May 31- June 1, the Opening Conference of the H2020 project CrossMigration took place at EUI in Florence. After the start of the project in March this year, this project is a first reach out event to the broader academic community in migration studies. The project sets out to promote systematic knowledge accumulation in migration studies. A key output of the conference will be a first taxonomy of migration studies, which is to provide a methodology for systematic knowledge accumulation in the coming years. So expect more news from this project soon!! For the full conference program, click here

New report for (Dutch) Scientific Council for Government Policy on Urban Diversities

Together with Godfried Engbersen, I edited a report for the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) on urban diversities. It brings together key findings from various European research projects on migration-related diversity in cities, both on how and why different diversities evolve as on the governance implications of different types of diversity. For the full report, click here (in Dutch only). 

New position - Chair in Public Administration, in particular the Dynamics of Migration and Diversity Policies

Since December 2017, I've been appointed as Professor in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. My new (endowed) Chair focuses on connecting migration research and public administration research. This involves research to the dynamics of policymaking on migration and (migration-related) diversity at various levels, including the local as well as the national and the European level. The chair’s ambition is to contribute both to theory building in public administration scholarship on policy dynamics and wicked policy problems as well as to migration literature in terms of the comparative dynamics of migration and diversity policymaking. Furthermore, the ambition is to do so in a way that brings together state of the art international research with high quality education at bachelors as well as masters and post-master level. The chair has been supported by the Erasmus Trustfund. 

My inaugural address is to take place on Friday November 30th, at Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

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New report 'Policy Innovation in Refugee Integration'

For the Dutch Department of Social Affairs, I just completed a report with a comparative analysis of innovative policies in refugee integration in 10 European countries. The report signals several trends in innovation (labour market integration first, lack of attention to health and social-cultural interaction), and observes that although most countries adopt a mainstreamed approach, especially those countries with relatively high numbers of refugees choose to complement a mainstreamed approach with more ad-hoc and specific measures. The report was developed with students from the MSc. Programme Governance of Migration and Diversity. Click here to read the report. 

Launch of European Master of Migration Studies (EuMIGS)

Proud to have been at the official launch of IMISCOE's European Master of Migration Studies (EuMIGS). This involves a cooperation of eight master programmes in seven European countries who come from Linköping and Malmö (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Liège (Belgium), Neuchâtel (Switzerland), A Coruña (Spain) und Osnabrück (Germany). Additional partners from Barcelona (Spain), Lyon (France) und Groningen (The Netherlands) are waiting to join at the next possible moment. More information: www.eumigs.eu 


New research project: Theorising urban diversities

New project, awarded under the Erasmus Initiative 'Vital Cities and Citizens', on 'Theorising urban diversities.' 

Project abstract: Cities of migration face increasingly ‘floating populations’ and a growing complexity of migration-related diversity, described also as ‘superdiversity.’ However, there is ‘no one size fits all.’ There will be superdiverse cities, but also multicultural cities, gateway cities, divided cities, expat cities, and many other types. Different types of migration-related diversity can also have different governance implications, both for the governance of diversity in cities (such as integration) as well as for the development of urban identities. This project aims to develop a better theoretical and empirical understanding of different types of migration-related diversity in cities and the implications for urban governance and for urban identities. It consists of three parts. First, conceptualizing and mapping different types of migration-related diversity. Secondly, studying and theorizing implications for urban governance. Finally, analysing the relationship between types of diversity and urban identities.

Year 2017-2018 of the master GMD

The Master Governance of Migration and Diversity has just started its second year. The number of students more than doubled, to 45 for the year 2017-2018. The year was started with a welcome event and a historical migration tour through the City of Rotterdam on August 30th. For more information, see mastergmd.eur.nl 

Just published: Public Policy in Action, Perspectives on the Policy Process

Our book Public Policy in Action: Perspectives on the Policy Process is out now (Edward Elgar Publishers). The book is co-authored by Victor Bekkers, Menno Fenger and me. It explores the policy process from a multitude of perspectives, including rationalism, culturalism, institutionalism and from a political point of view. This allows students to discover key concepts from the policy science literature and gain a deeper understanding of how public policy is discussed academically and shaped empirically. 

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New book on the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance, out now with Palgrave

This book, based on the UPSTREAM project (www.project-upstream.eu), critically analyses the new trend of mainstreaming of integration governance. The book was edited together with Ilona van Breugel. It brings in-depth country studies on new as well as traditional immigration countries in Europe, as well as more theoretical contributions from scholars from the field of gender mainstreaming and administration to reflect on the concept of mainstreaming in relation to migrant integration. The book reveals that mainstreaming in the field of migrant integration is mostly only partial or incomplete, and that hence comparisons between gender and integration mainstreaming may divert our perception of actual policy developments in Europe. Click here for the link to the book.