The Transoceanic Integration Rules & Private Enterprises network (TIGRE)

The Transoceanic Integration Rules & Private Enterprises network (TIGRE) is an international network on immigrant integration between CEVIA and research partners at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and The City University of New York in the USA, and Meijo University (Nagoya), Waseda University (Tokyo), and the International Christian University (Tokyo) in Japan.

The international network on immigrant integration aims at developing legal and policy tools capable of supporting private actors’ involvement in integration tasks. The issue of the integration of immigrants is at the top of the agenda of countries around the globe. Work-related and humanitarian migration produce a growing population diversity, which calls for innovative approaches to integration.

There is a need to explore how to frame legal instruments and policy initiatives in order to integrate newcomers into the labour market as well as into the social fabric of the host state. The Danish, U.S., and Japanese responses to integration challenges present differing degrees of involvement of private actors and state/municipal initiatives.

Private–public partnerships can play a significant role in the management of integration. However, the legal structure must provide a smooth path for private enterprises’ participation as well as a coordinated and robust infrastructure for their involvement. In this optic, the study of the Danish, U.S. and Japanese legal integration structures and the exchange of lessons from each system will provide an ideal context to reflect upon arrangements that coordinate the task of integration through an efficient design for law and policy that harmonise state-based actions with public–private partnerships.

The TIGRE network was funded via a grant of the The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.