From integration mainstreaming to convivial
disintegration: how superdiversity shows
the pitfalls of (mainstreaming) immigrant

by Fran Meissner (Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow | TU Delft)

Working Papers WP 18-03
March 2018
ISSN 2192-2357 (MMG Working Papers Print)

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The emergent literature on mainstreaming immigrant integration frequently references the term superdiversity. The diversification of migration is put forward as one rational for implementing measures to support immigrant integration across policy fields and across levels of policy making. In this paper I reflect on those assertions and argue that contrarily using superdiversity is not an argument in favour of mainstreaming immigrant integration, but that instead a superdiversity lens is uniquely placed to critically examine whether the goal of mainstreaming should be integration at all. To move this argument forward I propose more concertedly thinking about the merits of better understanding convivial disintegration as a more adequate starting point for thinking through the social and economic implications of international migration and how to address them through policy interventions.     

Keywords: convivial disintegration, mainstreaming, integration policy, superdiversity, uncertainty and complexity.  

Fran Meissner is a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the TU Delft. She has previously worked at the University of Kassel and has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Eurpean University institute. She is a specialist on questions about urban superdiversity. More about her current research and publications can be found at: franmeissner.com.