Immigrant Integration in Law and Policy - The Role of Public Entities and Private Enterprise

Crosswalk International conference which will discuss approaches to immigrant integration in different national settings.

Call for papers

The Center for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and the Transoceanic Integration Rules and Private Enterprises Network (TIGRE) welcome proposals for papers/presentations at the International Conference on Immigrant Integration in Law and Policy, which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 7th of June, 2018.

The conference is open to all scholars from law and related fields, such as political science and sociology, with a research interest in the area. The conference will include papers presented by members of the TIGRE research network as well as papers selected in the course of this call for papers.

Conference theme

The integration of newcomers is a crucial task – but also a daunting challenge –  for societies throughout the world. Even the word ”integration” can be defined in multiple ways, and every national setting has its distinctive features. One way to address this challenge is to examine the legal regulation of immigrants’ access to, and rights within, the labor market, and how governments relate formally and informally to businesses that employ or decline to employ immigrants. Along another dimension, the role in each national setting that might be played by government actors and by private enterprise will vary, both in the labor market and elsewhere in society. These aspects of immigrant integration lend themselves to fruitful comparative study. It is this exploration which is the overarching goal of the conference.

The conference will discuss different approaches to immigrant integration in different national settings. For example, the Danish, U.S., and Japanese responses reflect different degrees of cooperation between public entities and private enterprise. Public entities may be understood differently in different national settings, for example as national, regional, or municipal. Private involvement in immigrant integration can also take many different forms, such as business, chambers of commerce, labor unions, and NGOs. Some examples of public-private partnership may be models to emulate, while others are cautionary tales. These are all questions within the scope of this conference and call for papers.

The interdisciplinary reflections will discuss the following: the notion of immigrant integration and whether some degree of integration can be required as a matter of law, the ways in which integration can be measured and defined, the range of public-private partnerships, and the role of non-state, private actors in advancing integration.

Proposed panel themes include but are not limited to:

  • notions of integration in a legal, political, and sociological context
  • integration through state-led initiatives
  • local integration policy/local government and immigrant integration
  • city-urban areas, municipalities and tensions between national and local governments
  • the role of private actors such as enterprises, as well as non-governmental actors, e.g. labor unions and faith-based organizations
  • retention of immigrants in the labor market
  • differentiation of integration models according to immigrant categories/status

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Els de Graauw, Baruch College, City University of New York
  • John Hull Mollenkopf, Center for Urban Research, City University of New York
  • Hiroshi Motomura, University of California Los Angeles
  • Gracia Liu-Farrer, Waseda University, Tokyo (by videoconference)
  • David Green, Meijo University, Nagoya
  • Ole Hansen, University of Copenhagen
  • Takashi Kibe, International Christian University, Tokyo
  • Vibe Ulfbeck, University of Copenhagen
  • Marie-Louise Schultz-Nielsen, Rockwool Foundation
  • Jonas Feldbo-Kolding, University of Copenhagen
  • Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • Andrea de Petris, Universitá Giustino Fortunato
  • Silvia Adamo, University of Copenhagen

Practical information

Proposals for papers/presentations should deal with specific questions related to the overall theme of the conference. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present work at one of the sessions of the conference.

Proposals should be submitted by 15 May 2018 to: Silvia Adamo ( and include: an abstract (500 words, approx.) with a title, the author(s)’s name(s) and affiliation(s), a biographical note and contact information.

Authors will be informed of the final decision by 22 May 2018. The choice of proposals will seek to ensure a balanced representation of the various aspects of the conference themes, as well as a balanced gender representation.


There is no registration fee for the conference, and lunch, coffee and refreshments will be covered for all participants. Presenters and discussants will be invited to join the conference dinner on the 7th of June.

Travel costs and accommodation in Copenhagen could be covered for selected authors, upon request, depending on the availability of funds. Please indicate it when submitting your paper proposal.

The conference is funded by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and CEVIA (Center for Enterprise Liability).

Time: 7 June 2018, 9:00 - 16:00

Place: The Faculty of Law, Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S 


Registration deadline: 1 June 2018 12:00.

Contact – Academic

Silvia Adamo (
Associate Professor, CEVIA
Faculty of Law
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 16
DK-2500 Copenhagen K – Denmark

Contact – Other

Malene Vinberg Johansen (
Academic Officer, Research services
Faculty of Law
University of Copenhagen
Karen Blixens Plads 16
DK-2500 Copenhagen K – Denmark

TIGRE (Transoceanic Integration Rules and private Enterprises network)

The City University of New York

ICU (International Christian University)

Meijo University, Nagoya Japan

UCLA (University of California)

Waseda University

Ministry of Higher Education and Science Denmark