Wolfgang Bosswick

Local integration policies for migrants - experiences from a European study.
Experiences and empirical evidence show that integration of migrants is usually a process of integration into a specific local context. Thus, the local policies towards migrants is of high importance for this process. Within Europe, especially the major cities have extensive experiences in implementing local integration policies, but meanwhile, also medium sized cities and rural areas are beginning to develop targeted policies and their implementation. The paper will present a work-in-progress report from a European project involving 30 cities.

Born in 1956. Sociologist (Dipl.), study of sociology, social anthropology, economics, psychology and Latin American studies at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Field studies in Mexico and the U.S.A. Until 1993 researcher at the Sozialwissenschaftliches Forschungszentrum Nürnberg (Centre of Social Sciences Research, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), working in the DFG (German Research Society) project Asylum as a Relationship of Otherness on the situation of people entitled to asylum living in the Nuremberg metropolitan area. Co-founder and managing director of the efms, from 1996 until 2003 acting secretary of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration, member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford Press. Member of the Training Committee and the Financial Committee of the IMISCOe European Network of Excellence.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration
Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford University Press
IMISCOE European Network of Excellence.