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Integration policies in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels: are they different? And should they be?

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14th public event of the Re-Be initiative

It is our pleasure to confirm our next public event. It will take place, as previously announced, on Thursday 15 June 2017 (2-6pm, at the University Foudation), will be coordinated by Kris Deschouwer and Bruno De Wever and be devoted to the question: "Integration policies in Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels: Are they different and should they be?". Prior registration (free of charge but compulsory as soon as possible and no later than 8 June).

Practical details

When? Thursday 15 June 2017, 2 to 6pm
Where? University Foundation, rue d'Egmontstraat 11, 1000 Brussels [webpage | map]

Program & Presentations


I n the past few decades, political authorities have developed policies aimed at the integration of newcomers. This has produced quite some discussions about the exact aims of integration policies and about the ways in which integration is to be achieved.

In some places – including Belgium – the authorities responsible for the integration policies are the substates. This generates two additional questions that will be explored during this event:

  1. Is there a tension between attempts of substates to build and protect their identities and their ambition to be open and welcoming societies.
  2. How should one address the high probability of overlap between levels of government for policies that touch upon language, culture, education, employment, security and more.


1.30 pm

2-3.45 pm
Part 1: Integration policies in federal states – an overview

Ilke Adam (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Download presentation
Catherine Xhardez (Université Saint-Louis & Sciences Po Paris) Download presentation
Ricard Zapato Barrero (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

3.45-4.15 pm: Coffee break

Part 2: Are integration policies different in the Belgian regions, and should they be different?

Fabrice Ciaccia (Centre Régional d'Intégration de Charleroi - CRIC)
Eric De Jonge (Brussels Reception Agency for Integration – BON) Download presentation
Karl Vanlouwe (Member of the Flemish Parliament for the N-VA)

6pm: Reception


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