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January 2011 to October 2012
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This was a European trans-national project led by the Forum of International and European Research on Immigration (FIERI) in Italy. The research investigated intergroup relations at neighbourhood level, with the aim of producing a deep, strongly empirically-based and directly policy-relevant understanding of integration and conflict processes in European city neighbourhoods. Its specific focus was eleven quarters of five European cities. COMPAS researchers were responsible for work in the London neighbourhoods of Camberwell and Bermondsey.

By conceptualising integration as an interactive process, which involves both majority and minority populations, the project explored how the residents of selected neighbourhoods, including both the majority population, as well as well-established minorities and more recent immigrants, experience inter-group relations in their own locality. The project also aimed to facilitate dialogue between the research community, policy-makers, migrants and civil society at a local, national and European level. The reports compiled by the various research teams provide evidence-based recommendations to decision-makers at all these levels.

Principal Investigator

Ben Gidley


Hiranthi Jayaweera
Ole Jensen


European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals