Tiziana Caponio (University of Turin, Collegio Carlo Alberto and FIERI), Peter Scholten (Erasmus University) and Ricard Zapata-Barrero (GRITIM, University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona)


The Standing Committee on the “The Multilevel Governance of Immigrant and Immigration Policies” continues the work started by the Cluster C9 in the context of the IMISCOE Network of Excellence (2004-2010). Chaired by Giovanna Zincone (FIERI), Cluster C9 promoted initiatives and publications aimed at developing a research programme on the policymaking of immigrant integration and immigration policies in complex, multilevel political contexts.

In line with this programme, the Standing Committee intends to provide an original contribution to the theorizing of the relationships between local, regional, national and supranational policies from a multi-level governance perspective. Since 2014, a particular attention has been devoted to the local level and to the role of cities in the multi-level governance of migration and integration, with the goal of developping a specific research agenda on “The Multilevel Governance of Diverse Cities”. As a consequence of migration flows and globalisation, European cities are becoming more and more diverse. Such a diversity includes not only the presence of people with a migration background, but also second generations born in the host country, mixed couples and families, foreign students and professionals etc. So far, local level policies have been studied primarily through the lens of immigrant integration policies. The SC research initiative proposes to take a different approach, to focus the attention on how cities respond to increasing diversity. In other terms, we intend to explore the MLG strategies of diverse cities, i.e. how local policy-makers deal with the challenges of increasing diversity by linking to other levels of government and/or to other actors at a local level, and which kind of policy approaches towards diversity emerge as a result of these multiple vertical and horizontal relations.


  • Tiziana Caponio, Fieri and Collegio Carlo Alberto affilate (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Peter Scholten, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Ricard Zapata-Barrero, University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, Spain.
  • Martin Bak Jorgensen, Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • Elisa Brey, Universitat Complutense Madrid, Spain.
  • Maren Borkert, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • Wolfgang Bosswick, EFMS University of Bamberg, Germany.
  • Rianne Dekker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Dirk Gebhardt, GRITIM-UPF.
  • Virginie Guiraudon, University of Lille II, France.
  • Ferruccio Pastore, FIERI, Turin.
  • Rinus Penninx, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Michael Jones-Correa, Cornell University, Ithaca, US.
  • Marco Martiniello, Univerity of Liège, Belgium.
  • Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria, Canada.
  • Maria Schiller, Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Germany
  • Gaia Testore, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Mark van Ostaijen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Ilona van Breugel, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Verena Wisthaler, Eurac (Bolzano, Italy)
  • Nuria Franco-Guillen, GRITIM-UPF.

 The SC supports the activities of the Migration and Territory Young Scholars Network (MiTe), coordinated by Núria Franco-Guillén (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and Verena Wisthaler (EURAC Bozen /University of Leicester).



Zincone, G., R. Penninx and M. Borkert (2011), eds., The policymaking of immigration and immigrants’ integration in Europe, Amsterdam, AUP, Imiscoe Series.

T. Caponio and M. Borkert (2010), eds., The local dimension of migration policy and policymaking, Amsterdam, AUP, Imiscoe Report Series.

Zapata-Barrero R. (2013), Diversity Management in Spain: New dimensions, new challenges. Manchester, Manchester University Press.

Zapata-Barrero R. (2011), ed. Special issue with C. Whitol de Wenden, CNRS, Immigration en Catalogne: politiques et société in  Migrations Sociétés, Revue du CIEMI (CNRS, Sciences Politiques) n. 133. Ref: ISSN 0995-7367     

(2014) The Politics of Immigration in Multi-level States (co-edited with E.Hepburn), Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave/MacMillan

Zapata-Barrero R. (2014), Índice de Gobernanza Intercultural Barcelona: GRITIM-UPF Policy Series, no. 3 [on line]


Campomori, F. and Caponio, T. (2013,Competing Frames of Immigrant Integration in the EU: Geographies of Social Inclusion in Italian Regions, Policy Studies, vol. 34, n. 2, pp. 162-179.

Caponio, T. and Testore G. (2012), L’intégration nouvelle frontière de l’immigration? L’analyse du lien entre les politiques de contrôle et d’intégration en Italie et en France, Migrations Sociétés, vol. 24, n. 140, Mars-Avril 2012, pp. 285-294.

Caponio, T. (2005), Policy networks and immigrants’ associations in Italy. The cases of Milan, Bologna and Naples, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 31, n. 5, pp. 931-950.

Dekker, R., Emilsson, E., Krieger, B., and Scholten, P. (forthcoming). A Local Dimension of Integration Policies? A comparative Study of Berlin, Malmo and Rotterdam. In; International Migration Review.

Scholten, P.W.A. (2013). Agenda Dynamics and the Multi-Level Governance of Migrant Integration. The case of Dutch migrant integration policies. In: Policy Sciences (2013), 46, 217-236.

Poppelaars, C. & P. Scholten (2008). Two Worlds Apart. The divergence of national and local immigrant integration policies in the Netherlands. Administration & Society, Vol. 40, nr. 4.

Scholten, P. & F. Van Nispen (2008) Building bridges across frames? A meta-evaluation of Dutch immigrant integration policy. Journal of Public Policy, Vol. 28, Nr.2.

Zapata-Barrero, R. (2015) "Exploring the foundations of the intercultural policy paradigm: a comprehensive approach"Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (online first), DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2015.1006523.

Zapata-Barrero, R. (2014) "The limits to shaping diversity as public culture: permanent festivities in Barcelona" Cities: The international Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, Vol 37, pp. 66-72, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2013.11.007.

Chapters in edited books

Caponio, T. (2013), L’élaboration des politiques locales d’immigration. Gouvernance verticale et gouvernance horizontale, in C. Lefèvre, N. Roseau et T. Vitale (eds), De la ville à la métropole: les défis de la gouvernance, Paris, Les Editions de l’Oeil d’or.

Caponio, T. (2012), Theories of Multiculturalism Italian Style: Soft or Weak Recognition?,in R. Taras (a cura di), Challenging Multiculturalism: European Models of Diversity, Edimburgh, Edimburgh University Press, pp. 216-235.

Zincone G. and Caponio, T. (2006), The Multilevel Governance of Migration, in R. Penninx, M. Berger e K. Kraal (eds.), The Dynamics of Migration and Settlement in Europe. A State of the Art, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, IMISCOE Joint Studies, pp. 270-304.

Entzinger, H. and Scholten, P. (2014). Models of immigrant integration? Between national and local integration policies. In: Martiniello and Rath (Eds). An introduction to immigrant incorporation studies: European Perspectives. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Scholten, P. (2012). Beyond national models of integration? Rethinking interconnectedness and fragmentation in Dutch and French migrant integration policies. In: Fenger & Bekkers (Eds.), Beyond Fragmentation and Interconnectivity: Public Governance and the Search for Public Connectivity. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Zapata-Barrero R. (2012) “Spain” en Chr. Joppke, F. Leslie Seidle (eds.) Immigrant Integration in federal Countries. Montreal &Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press; 135-160.    

Zapata-Barrero R. (2012) "Catalan autonomy-building process in immigration policy: conceptual, institutional and normative dimensions", in A. Gagnon and M. Keating (eds.) Political Autonomy and Divided Societies. Imagining Democratic Alternatives in Complex Settings. Gordonsville, Virginia: Palgrave/MacMillan, 220-23.

Zapata-Barrero R. (2012) “La communauté politique en tant que fondement d’une théorie politique catalane de l’immigration. Enjeux clés”, en M. Labelle, J. Couture, F.W. Remiggi (dirs.), La communauté politique en question. Regards croisés sur l’immigration, la citoyenneté, la diversité et le pouvoir. Quèbec: Presses Université du Québec; 71-94.                              

Zapata-Barrero R. (2012), “Integration Immigration governance policies in Spain: a practical philosophy”, en J. Friederes, J. Biles (eds.) International perspectives: Integration and inclusion Kigston, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press; 185-203.

Zapata-Barrero R. (2011), “Border management: impacting on the construction of the EU as a polity?”  (con S. Wolff), en S. Wolff, F. Goudappel, J. de Zwaann (eds.)  Freedom, security and justice after Lisbon and Stockholm The Hague: Asser press; 117-134.

Events (since 2011)

  • 2011
    • Workshop “The local Policymaking of Interculture between national integration policy, diversity, cohesion and development”, 8th IMISCOE General Conference, University of Warsaw, 7-9th September 2011
  • 2012
    • workshop ‘Managing immigrant integration in a multilevel context: Challenges in Europe and North America’, 9th IMISCOE Annual Conference, University of Amsterdam 28-29th August 2012;
  • 2013
    •  ‘Managing Migration in a Multilevel Context: Local Diversity Policy Challenges in Times of Crisis’, 10th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Malmoe University, 25-26th August;
    • ‘Theorising the local turn in immigrant policies: a multilevel approach’, University Pompeu Fabra (September 2013).
  • 2014
    • workshop ‘Comparing regional and local integration policies – understanding patterns of policy convergence and divergence’, 11th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Comillias University Madrid, 27-29th August 2014;
    • workshop ‘Exploring the contours of a theory of immigration in multilevel states’, 11th IMISCOE Annual Conference, Comillias University Madrid, 27-29th August 2014.