1st Edition

Intergovernmental Relations on Immigrant Integration in Multi-Level States

Edited By Ilke Adam, Eve Hepburn Copyright 2021
    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    120 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores how governments in multi-level states coordinate immigrant integration policies. It sheds light on how the decentralization of immigrant integration to substate regions can lead to conflict or cooperation, and how a variety of factors may shape different approaches to migrants.

    Immigrant integration is an increasingly important policy area for governments. However, in multi-level states, immigrant integration is rarely the responsibility of the ‘central’ government. Instead, it is often decentralized to substate regions, which may have formulated their own, unique approaches. The way in which migrants are included into one part of a state may therefore be radically different from the experiences of migrants in another. How do multi-level states deal with potentially diverging approaches? This book examines how governments coordinate on immigrant integration in multi-level states. Four multi-level states form the backbone of the analysis: two of which are federal (Canada and Belgium) and two that are decentralized (Italy and Spain). We find that intergovernmental dynamics on immigrant integration are shaped by a variety of factors ranging from party politics to constitutional power struggles. This analysis contributes not only to our understanding of intergovernmental relations in multi-level systems; it also enhances our knowledge of the myriad ways in which different regions seek to include migrants into their societies, economies and political systems.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Regional and Federal Studies.

    Introduction: A Comparative Assessment of Intergovernmental Relations on Immigrant Integration in Multi-Level States

    Ilke Adam and Eve Hepburn

    1. Intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration in Canada: Insights from Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario

    Sanjay Jeram and Eleni Nicolaides

    2. Intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration in Italy: Insights from Piedmont and South Tyrol

    Tiziana Caponio, Gaia Testore and Verena Wisthaler

    3. Defying the traditional theses: Intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration in Belgium

    Ilke Adam

    4. Intergovernmental relations on immigrant integration in Spain: The case of Catalonia

    Núria Franco-Guillén


    Ilke Adam is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, where she co-directs the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM). She holds a PhD from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and has published widely on immigration and integration policies, multiculturalism, citizenship, anti-racism and multi-level politics.

    Eve Hepburn is Honorary Fellow at the Europa Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK, where she previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute and has published several books on immigration, nationalism, populist parties and multi-level politics.