New international network of researchers will facilitate smoother integration of immigrants into labour market and society – University of Copenhagen

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14 December 2017

New international network of researchers will facilitate smoother integration of immigrants into labour market and society

Silvia Adamo receives funding for new international network on integration of immigrants

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.

 The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science has awarded a full grant (288.000 DKK) for the establishment of an international network of researchers on the integration of immigrants led by Associate Professor Silvia Adamo. The goal of the Transoceanic Integration Rules & Private Enterprises network (TIGRE) is to establish research cooperation between the Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA) at the Faculty of Law and distinguished researchers in the United States and Japan. Together they will develop legal and policy tools capable of supporting private actors’ involvement in integration tasks.

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 research network will run from 1 January 2018 to 30 March 2019. The researchers involved at CEVIA are Associate Professor Silvia Adamo, Professor Vibe Ulfbeck and Professor Ole Hansen. The foreign partners institutions are the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and The City University of New York in the USA, and Nagoya University (Nagoya), Waseda University (Tokyo), and the International Christian University (Tokyo) in Japan.