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EMILIE – A European approach to multicultural citizenship: Legal, political and educational challenges

A European approach to multicultural citizenship: Legal, political and educational challenges

This interdisciplinary project is a response to the current “crisis of multiculturalism” and the lack of a common EU intellectual framework to discuss the relevant challenges. The nine partners are selected from nine countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Spain, UK) so as to represent different experiences of migration and integration, including those still in transition with regard to migration.

There are five main research phases. First, an outlining of migration in these countries. Second, a critical review of current public debates on integration and multiculturalism. Thirdly, three case studies in each country: (i) educational challenges posed by migration related diversity, including multicultural education and faith schools; (ii) legal challenges with special reference to discrimination protection in the workplace; and (iii) political challenges with special reference to voting rights and civic participation.

The case studies will be ethnographic but incorporating different types of qualitative and quantitative data (previous studies, policy papers, media materials, qualitative interviews and discussion groups with the key actors, fieldwork notes). Knowledge dissemination activities and interaction with users are incorporated in the research process. The fourth phase is the integration of the national case studies, critically reviewing the different types of challenges and how/if they are accommodated in each country. Each partner will consider to what extent their country offers a distinctive “model” of immigrant incorporation and on what value discourses this model is based.

The last phase compares the main value discourses and perceived value conflicts among the countries studied and shall identify the European dimensions of integrating diversity (value discourses, points of tension, best practices) and elaborate an empirically grounded European theoretical model of multiculturalism appropriate to the European experience and the current crisis as a basis for a rational resolution of the current panic about multiculturalism.

Project funded by the European Commission Research DG, Sixth Framework Programme

Duration: July 2006 – July 2009
Project coordinator: Anna Triandafyllidou, ELIAMEP, Greece.

Download EMILIE’s brochure in English, French, Latvian, Polish, Spanish, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek

Contact persons
Dr. Anna Triandafyllidou, Senior Research Fellow, ELIAMEP
Dr. Ruby Gropas, Research Fellow, ELIAMEP

Project Partners

Professor Tariq Modood
Professor of Sociology Politics and Public Policy
Director, University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship
12 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UQ, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 8218, Fax: +44 (0)117 954 6609, PA: +44 (0)117 954 5594
Website: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/sociology/ethnicitycitizenship

Dr. Patrick Simon
Head of research unit “International Migration and Minorities”
Institut National d’Études Démographiques (INED)
133 Boulevard Davout, 5020 Paris
Tel : +33 1 56062137, Fax : +33 1 56062193

Prof. Werner Schiffauer
Lehrstuhl Vergleichende Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie
Europa-Universität Viadrina
D-15206 Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
Tel. +49 3355534 2646, Fax: +49 335 5535 2645, Home: +49 30 79740099

Dr. Marco Martiniello
Research Director FNRS
Dr. Hassan Bousetta
Ms. Sonia Gsir
CEDEM – Université de Liège – Institute of Human and Social Sciences
7, boulevard du Rectorat, Bâtiment 31 – box 45, 4000 Liege, Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)4 366.30.40, Fax: +32 (0)4 366.47.51
Website: http://www.cedem.ulg.ac.be/

Ricard Zapata-Barrero
Professor of Political Science/Political Theory
Department de Ciencies Polítiques I Socials
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27, 08 005 Barcelona, Spain
Tel: +34 93 542 19 41/23 05, Fax: +34 93 542 23 72
Website: www.upf.edu/dcpis
Director, Grup de Recerca sobre Immigració i Innovació Política
Website: www.upf.edu/dcpis/griip

Dr. Ilze Brands Kehris
The Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies
Alberta iela 13, LV-1010 Riga, Latvia
Tel: +371 7039290, Fax: +371 7039291
Website: www.humanrights.org.lv

Per Mouritsen
Department of Political Science, University of Aarhus
Universitetetsparken, 8000 Aarhus C., Denmark
Tel: +45 8942 1244, Home: +45 8617 0792
Website: http://www.ps.au.dk

Prof. dr hab. Krystyna Iglicka (alternative e-mail: iglicka@csm.org.pl)
Programme coordinator
Center for International Relations
Emilii Plater 25, 00-688 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: +(48-22) 646 52 67, 646 52 68, Fax: +(48-22) 646 52 58
Website: http://www.csm.org.pl/en/indexen.htm

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