European network of cities for local integration policies for migrants (CLIP) 2007 – 2009


CLIP was a network of up to 30 European cities working together to support the social and economic integration of migrants. The composition of the CLIP network was threefold. It operated under the aegis of a number of European organisations, comprised a network of European cities and was supported by a group of specialist European research centres. COMPAS was for three years a member of the research network, which at that time addressed two research modules: housing, and city equality and diversity policies.

The second research module, which was coordinated by COMPAS, examined the equality and diversity policies and practices of 25 cities with regards to municipal employment and municipal service provision. This module examined: 1) city approaches to equality and diversity; 2) employment policy, practice and outcomes; and 3) services provision policy, practice and outcomes. The detailed findings of this research are described in a report, published in 2008.

Principal Investigator

Sarah Spencer


Alessio Cangiano and Isabel Shutes


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions


At the time of COMPAS’ involvement in the CLIP network, the cities in the network were also supported by the following European research centres:

European forum for migration studies (efms), Bamberg

Institute for Urban and Regional Research (IST), Vienna

Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), Amsterdam

CEDEM – Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies, Liège


Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, UK






This was a project which drew on academic expertise but was not grounded in theory. It was learning exchange, providing a means to gather evidence on the practices of participating cities and an environment in which they could share lessons learnt while making available to others evidence and ideas to inform future policy and practice.


Through the medium of separate city reports and workshops the network enabled local authorities to learn from each other and to deliver a more effective integration policy. The unique character of the CLIP network is that it helped to organise a shared learning process between the participating cities, between the cities and a group of expert European research centres, as well as between policy makers at both the local and European level.


For the full findings of this project, please see the project reports.


A final conference was held in Stuttgart in 2012 to consider the impact of the project.