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Mainstreaming Integration Governance

New Trends in Migrant Integration Policies in Europe

  • P.W.A. Scholten
  • I. van Breugel


  • Brings together unique empirical case studies of mainstreaming, as well as theoretical reflections

  • Explores mainstreaming across the disciplines of migration studies, governance and policy studies, and gender studies

  • Appeals especially to scholars interested in integration governance, superdiversity, interculturalism and (gender-)mainstreaming


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Scholten, Ilona van Breugel
      Pages 3-22
  3. Empirical Chapters

  4. Theoretical Reflections

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Peter Scholten, Ilona van Breugel
      Pages 237-247
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-268

About this book


This book provides a critical analysis of mainstreaming as one of the major contemporary trends in immigrant integration governance in Europe. Bringing together unique empirical material and theoretical insights on mainstreaming, it examines how, why and to what effect immigrant integration is mainstreamed. In the context of the rise and fall of multiculturalism across various European countries, this book explores how these countries are rethinking the governance of their increasingly diverse societies. It highlights the trends of a broad approach to immigrant integration priorities, ‘mainstreamed’ into generic policy domains which are now visible throughout Europe. With contributions not only on migration studies, but also policy studies and gender mainstreaming, this edited volume will appeal to scholars across these fields, as well as policymakers and practitioners.


Mainstreaming migration integration governance immigrant integration in Europe gender mainstreaming anti-discrimination policy Interculturalism multiculturalism diversity management superdiversity disability mainstreaming decentralisation and deconcentration assimilationist turn European Union integration policy Politics of Mainstreaming the dilemma of recognition integration policy

Editors and affiliations

  • P.W.A. Scholten
    • 1
  • I. van Breugel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social SciencesErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Social SciencesErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

Peter Scholten is Associate Professor Public Policy & Politics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Associate Director of IMISCOE and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Comparative Migration Studies (CMS).

Ilona van Breugel is a PhD student at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on local immigrant integration policies in Europe.

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“An invaluable and very timely state-of-the-art overview by leading experts of key developments in European integration policies and politics.” (Andrew Geddes, Chair in Migration Studies and Director of Migration Policy Centre at European University Institute, Italy)

“Mainstreaming Integration Governance casts an intelligent eye on how national integration policy frameworks across Europe have sought pragmatic adaptations in multi-levelled local contexts, particularly in cities with declining proportions of white residents. It provides a well-documented, critical overview of how philosophies of integration continue to change in the face of the challenge of diversity, new migration, and neo-nationalist reaction—in politics as much as in comparative scholarship.”(Adrian Favell, University of Leeds, UK, and author of Philosophies of Integration)

“When the way that migrants affect European societies is politically contested, we need to critically assess policies intended to "integrate" them and their capacity to travel across Europe. This comparative volume does just that with thought-provoking chapters by an impressive line of scholars.” (Virginie Guiraudon, Research Director, National Center for Scientific Research, Center for European Studies of Sciences-Po, France)