From integration to equality policy. A plea for a radical Brussels approach

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18/12/2018 - 18/12/2018

From integration to equality policy. A plea for a radical Brussels approach :: © Ilke Adam © DR/GR

About three decades ago responsibility for integration policy for migrants was transferred to the communities and regions. Since then the policy has evolved in various directions. Brussels, a city, accommodates two kinds of integration policy in the same territory, one Dutch-speaking and one French-speaking. But does it have any meaning to speak of 'integration' in a city where more than half the population have their roots elsewhere? And why do we oblige newcomers to choose for a Dutch-speaking or French-speaking policy?Ilke Adam is research professor at the Institute for European Studies (VUB).