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Migration-related city networks: a global overview

Thomas Lacroix


In recent years, one observes a surge in the number of city networks formed to address the welcoming and integration of immigrant populations. Drawing on a database of over sixty networks, the paper provides a global overview of their different types, scales and activities. Exploring the underlying factors explaining this worldwide expansion, it highlights two sets of congruent dynamics. This phenomenon has been elicited by the longue durée devolution to local authorities of powers and responsibilities pertaining to the management of immigrant populations on the one hand and the recent events of the 2015–2016 ‘migration crisis’ on the other. It is also the outcome of the top-down influence of international organisations (including the European Union) and the bottom-up mobilisations of municipalities facing the growing contradictions between their welcoming responsibilities and security-oriented migration management. In the concluding section, the paper points to the challenges faced by international actors for the building of a ‘glocal’ migration governance.
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Thomas Lacroix. Migration-related city networks: a global overview. Local Government Studies, 2021, 48 (6), pp.1027-1047. ⟨10.1080/03003930.2021.1938553⟩. ⟨halshs-03260094⟩


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