Refugees, expellees and immigrants : comparing migrant reception policies and practices in post-war Bristol, Dortmund and Malmö

Refugees, expellees and immigrants : comparing migrant reception policies and practices in post-war Bristol, Dortmund and Malmö

Publication Type:
article-journal
Date Issued:
2023
Authors:
Brian Shaev , Sarah Hackett , Pål Brunnström , Robert Nilsson Mohammadi
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Language:
eng
Page:
509-528
DOI:
10.1017/s0963926821001048
Abstract:

The vital role that cities play in the governance of migration is increasingly recognized, yet migration scholars still perceive this ‘local turn’ as a recent phenomenon. This article presents a cross-country and cross-city comparative analysis of three mid-size European cities during the post-war period: Bristol, Dortmund and Malmö. It analyses administrative cultures and local policy arenas, exposing the complexity of local migration policy-making and the crucial importance of historical perspectives. It reveals the inherent local variation in policies and practices, and argues that traditional national-level studies do not fully capture how urban actors responded to migration.