Two new IRiS Working Papers (no. 6 and 7) exploring issues related migration, social networks and integration policy and practice are out today. Using a wide range of literature, Dr Marta Kindler and colleagues (IRiS WP no. 6) focus upon the ways in which social networks and social capital have been found to promote or hinder integration of third country nationals into their local neighbourhood and communities across the European Union. In IRiS WP no. 7, Professor Gary Craig addresses the issue of whether integration works, summarising the factors most significant in promoting integration and argues that a narrow focus on the economic aspects of integration and the continuing racism experienced by migrants are key barriers to effective integration.
IRiS Working Paper Series is edited by Dr Nando Sigona and Dr Aleksandra Kazlowska. They are available on IRiS Website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/superdiversity-institute/publications/working-paper-series.aspx