REGIN General Policy Brief
In recent years the governance of integration has experienced a ‘local turn’, in which the importance of sub-national levels of government has become increasingly evident (Scholten and Penninx, 2016). While the wider policy framework for the integration of migrants originates at the national level, regional administrations are now recognised as key actors in the practical realization of integration policies. However, academic studies on the multilevel governance of migrant integration are still devoted to the micro-level of municipalities or the macro-level of national administration, whereas the meso-level of regions is largely neglected. To fill this gap, the REGIN project aims to shed a much-needed light on the regional level of migrant integration governance in Europe, by providing evidence-based comparative research on integration governance and policies in 25 European regions from 7 EU member states. In particular, the Barcelona Centre for International affairs (CIDOB) and the Migration Policy Group (MPG) elaborated the so-called ‘MIPEX-R’, an index evaluating the regional performance on migrant integration across different dimensions and policy areas.
The REGIN Policy Brief entitled ‘Regional Governance and Policy on Migrant and Refugee Integration: the interplay between the REGIN results and EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion‘ presents the MIPEX-R findings to stakeholders and policy makers in an easy-to-understand fashion, linked to EU Action Plan on Integration and other EU strategies.