Special Issue "Immigration and Intercultural Integration in Europe: How Far Have We Gone?"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2023) | Viewed by 1003
In 2021, the Council of Europe published a model policy framework for an Intercultural Integration Strategy at the National Level . This is developed “through multilevel dialogue and aims to serve as a basis for national intercultural integration strategies that are holistic, based on human rights standards, underpinned by a realistic understanding of cross-border mobility and its impact, and aware of the human, social and economic cost of non-integration. It also draws on the positive results of the local authorities and member states that have applied the intercultural integration approach as a means to achieve real inclusion at the local level” (p. 5).
In this call for papers, we seek to explore the current situation with regard to the intercultural integration of immigrants and refugees in the EU. We expect papers on themes pertaining to the extent to which EU member states tackle the issue of intercultural integration in a range of parameters, namely: (a) equality, i.e., the existence of legal and policy frameworks guaranteeing the equality of all residents in a member state in law, and freedom from discrimination and intolerance in all arenas, embracing impartial treatment by public services and tackling all forms of racism and xenophobia. The degree to which measures to deal with both direct and indirect discrimination as well as inequality motivated by cultural difference, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity are adopted. The degree to which integration policies eliminate all inequalities in access to healthcare, education, housing, employment, entrepreneurship, family life and civic rights, between nationals and foreign residents. (b) Valuing diversity in public administration—the degree to which public officials are interculturally competent and how they cooperate with interpreters and cultural mediators in a manner that is dignified and supportive. The degree to which public institutions are organised with enough flexibility to ensure institutional adaptations that take account of the practical implications of difference. (c) Meaningful interaction, i.e., the degree to which mixing and meaningful interaction are promoted in the public space rather than letting segregation happen unwittingly through a laissez-faire approach in the domains of housing, children’s schooling, employment, entrepreneurship, social services and urban planning. The ways in which law enforcement (especially the police) treat individuals of migrant or minority backgrounds. (d) Active citizenship and participation, i.e., the degree to which migrants’ access to nationality is facilitated, and whether all residents have the right to vote in local elections or whether alternative forms of participation such as deliberative forums, permanent roundtables for co-creation, co-implementation and co-evaluation of local policies, participatory budgeting and participatory policy development are available to foreign residents and non-citizens.
Contributions may draw on empirical research and consist of case studies, qualitative or quantitative studies or ethnographic studies.
 Model Framework for an Intercultural Integration Strategy at the National Level. Intercultural Integration Strategies: managing diversity as an opportunity (Council of Europe, 2021).
Dr. Nikolaos Gogonas
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- intercultural integration
- immigrants and refugees
- European immigration and integration
- valuing diversity
- meaningful interaction
- active citizenship and participation