The final symposium for the DIAMINT project took place last Friday. DIAMINT was a Vokswagen Foundation project which explored the role of research in European policies on immigrant integration. Han Entizinger, Peter Scholten, Marco Martiniello and others discussed our findings at a half-day event in Rotterdam.
DIAMINT analysed changing patterns in the use of research in integration policy, comparing the experiences of the UK, Netherlands, Austria, Italy and the EU. The UK case was led by me and Alistair Hunter. One of the principal findings is that as integration policy has become more politicised, research has been used in an increasingly symbolic way, to legitimise – rather than inform – policy choices. The findings will be published in an Amsterdam University Press book and a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Policy Research – more on this in future posts.