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Research Webinar | The local reception of refugees through multilevel lens. A retrospective look at Barcelona and Madrid

Monday May 17, 2021, from 13:15 to 14:45
Research seminar

In the wake of the 2015 European Refugee Crisis, several Spanish cities governed by left-wing coalitions became loudspeakers of the obligation of states to offer international protection to those in need. Amidst a restrictive approach by the Spanish national government, cities pushed for political action in trans-municipal and European forums. They also designed and implemented actions intended to receive refugees even without having the attributions to do so. The relevance of cities is surprising as Spain was not one of the largest recipients of refugees back then. Five years since the Crisis occurred, it is relevant to retrospectively ask: Why do cities get involved in the governance of intractable policy controversies such as the reception of refugees? To what extent governance arrangements initiated by cities around the reception of refugees sustain through time? My questions speak to the literature on the multi-level governance of immigration. In particular, it speaks to the horizontal dimension where municipal governments may differentially establish not only a political but also a policy centrality. The study takes a comparative qualitative case-study approach of Barcelona and Madrid based on newspaper and policy analysis as well as semi- structured interviews with local state and non-state actors.

Juan Carlos Triviño is Juan de la Cierva (Formación) post-doctoral fellow at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). He holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from Universitat Pompeu-Fabra (Barcelona) (Grade: excellent-Cum Laude). His research follows two distinctive lines: the Multilevel Governance of Immigration and Integration and Regulatory Governance. His work has been published in Public Administration, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Revista de Estudios Políticos. He has done academic stays at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, City University of New York – Graduate Center and McMaster University, Hamilton (Canada). He is currently involved in the IBEI-led European project GLOBE, the national project Plural Cities (¿Ayuntamientos Plurales?) and he is also the principal investigator for the project LocalRef (funded by the Catalan Government). His teaching experience relates to immigration and integration policy-making, research methods and comparative politics.

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