Stuck between mainstreaming and localism: views on the practice of migrant integration in a devolved policy framework

Galandini, S., Mulvey, G. and Lessard-Phillips, L. (2019) Stuck between mainstreaming and localism: views on the practice of migrant integration in a devolved policy framework. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 20(3), pp. 685-702. (doi: 10.1007/s12134-018-0626-5)

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In this paper, we explore views on the implementation of migrant integration ‘policy’ in a setting characterised by devolution, using data collected among local and national policy stakeholders in the UK. More specifically, we focus on localism and mainstreaming, which have recently dominated policy debates and endeavours about integration. Our findings shed new light on the challenges and opportunities of these strategies as they are perceived and experienced by policy stakeholders. In particular, we reflect on the important interplay between different levels of governance and the tensions that arise out of these in a devolved context. Our evidence suggests that the shift from centralised to localised policy action is faced with several challenges. First of all, there is a contradiction between the localism agenda, with the devolution of powers and responsibilities, and the context of austerity. Secondly, there are frictions between levels of governance in the devolved UK context, and particularly on how the implementation of integration at the local level is affected by non-devolved policies. Finally, with regard to mainstreaming the need for a more flexible policy approach that recognises and embraces the complexity and dynamism of the integration process is emphasised.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Economic and Social Research Council (grant numbers ES/K009206/1-2).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mulvey, Dr Gareth
Authors: Galandini, S., Mulvey, G., and Lessard-Phillips, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of International Migration and Integration
ISSN (Online):1874-6365
Published Online:21 September 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of International Migration and Integration 20(3): 685-702
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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