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Interplay and co-operation between national and local levels in integration policy

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This publication focuses on the governance of integration in Finland. It attempts to answer questions relating to the perception political and social actors have of immigrant integration policy frames and shifts. It details responsibilities of- and cooperation between different stakeholders, including local authorities. It also explores measures that could enhance immigrant integration processes. 

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the relation between the state level and the local level of integration policy. This publication concentrates specifically on the vertical dimension of Finnish integration policy-making which is analysed in the specific context of the city of Helsinki in its relation with the central government. As the Finnish capital region is composed of two other cities with significant foreign-born population and their own integration policy programmes, the analysis also includes some comparison between the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.

The analysis is based on a variety of sources. In addition to Finnish legislation, integration policy documents, and research literature, the author has interviewed or more informally conversed with integration policy actors at both the national and the local level.

Source: City of Helsinki