Influencing Policy Frameworks on Integration and Diversity
COMPAS’ research in this area has had a significant impact in three key areas:
- ‘Superdiversity’: Contributing a new framework for UK migration policy
- Changing integration policy at local and city level in the UK and Europe
- Recognising the importance of religious faith in formulating integration and anti-discrimination policy
COMPAS has investigated, described, and disseminated research on the major changes in UK migration dynamics over the last decade. It has also revealed the policy options, trade-offs, and consequences of these new patterns through work that engaged directly with policymakers in both central and local government. In articulating the importance of new and multiple diversities that have arisen from these migration trends, the research has been significant in the national policy rethinking of ‘race relations’ institutions and multicultural policy. In signalling the importance and implications of local differences in diversity for service delivery, research has had impact on local government and urban policy-making. Finally, in highlighting the significance of religious faith in patterns of social identity formation, research has influenced the manner in which religious faith and broader dimensions of diversity nuance the understanding of equalities policies and also the manner in which policies are put into practice.