Immigrant integration programs in European Cities from the mid 1940s to the 1970s: A comparative case study

2019-2020

The aim of the project is to investigate policies and practices of migration and integration in cities and municipalities 1945-1970, comparing a sample of cities in northern Europe. The present migratory system has its roots in the 1950–60s, when the European Economic Community created new internal borders for a Free Movement of Workers, a system in which Sweden participated as an associated country, while nations like France retained privileged migratory rights for (ex)colonial migrants, and Germany established a mass guest workers program. The focal point of the project is directed at labor market integration, linguistic integration and residential integration. The research design is a comparative case study of five cities in five western European countries: Dortmund (Germany); The Hague (The Netherlands); Malmö (Sweden); Lyon (France); and Sheffield (Great Britain). This study utilizes archival records of municipal assemblies and municipal executive bodies (mayor’s offices in most countries) and official statistics.

The participating researchers are Brian Shaev (Leiden University), Sara Hackett (Bath Spa University), Robert Nilsson Mohammadi (Malmö University) and Pål Brunnström (Malmö University).