Metropolis Symposium

Symposium: The Hague: Migration and Integration on Site

A Program offered by the International Metropolis Project, the City of The Hague, and the Research Group Metropolitan Development of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS)

This is a preliminary programme.


The Research Group Metropolitan Development of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) organizes a symposium around questions on migration in The Hague. The sessions take place on site, outside of the World Forum to give the participants a ‘taste of the city' and show some of the local consequences of migration.


Buses will be ready to bring you from the World Forum to the symposium venue: The Hague University of Applied Sciences.


In The Hague, migration is no longer just a permanent move from one place to the other, but we see continuous movement of people from countries of origins to temporary destinations, with transnational connections and resources. In this symposium we focus on local consequences of migration, we look at temporal and fluid processes in migration and we explore relationships between different groups in the city.


Dr Vincent Smit, THUAS The Hague,

Program Tuesday September 19: Migration

Since the 1980s of the last century, migration to Western-Europe has become more diverse. Nowadays, migrants migrate from all over the world and have numerous reasons to migrate. Immigrants migrate due to war, oppression, family formation, or a shortage on the labor market. In addition, incorporation trajectories have changes as well. Some migrants decide to stay permanently in the receiving country, whereas others travel back and forward between their home country and the country of destination. This challenges existing integration policies in receiving countries.
This afternoon, we focus on the migration from Central-and Eastern European migrants to Western-Europe (CEE-migrants). More in specific we will focus on the migration from Central and Eastern Europe to Austria and the Netherlands. What are dominant trends within these two countries and what are the differences and similarities between these countries in migration patterns from CEE-migrants.
In the second part of the afternoon, we will go more into greater detail and focus on CEE-migrants in the Netherlands. More in specific, we will focus on how life of CEE-migrants is shaped in the new migration context and what difficulties they encounter. Also, the question how (local and national) policy in the Netherlands responds to the arrival of CEE-migrants will be answered in this second workshop. In order to put these experiences in a greater perspective, we will compare with the situation in Austria.

Program (13.30-17.30h)
Detail time table will be published later on.

Ursula Reeger- University of Vienna: Migration from Central and Eastern European EU-member countries to the Vienna urban region: Different types and recent developments.
Erik Snel- Erasmus University Rotterdam: To stay or return? CEE-migration to the Netherlands
Discussion & conclusion
Sanne Pronk – Municipality The Hague: Local and national policy responses to CEE-migration
Karijn Nijhoff- The Hague University of Applied Sciences: The marginal man: CEE-migrants in The Hague (workshop B)
Ernst-Jan Stroes – IDHEM: Problems and difficulties CEE-migrants encounter in the Netherlands
Discussion & conclusion
Chair: Katja Rusinovic (workshop A and B) (
Location: neighbourhood Regentesse The Hague

Program Wednesday September 20: Mapping controversies to engage public misrepresentation of migration. The case of Duindorp The Hague

On Wednesday afternoon we will look at the relationship between different groups in the population, specifically migrants and people that have lived in certain neighborhoods for generations. Duindorp is a relatively closed community in The Hague, where clashes between groups have occurred. In the workshop researchers from The Hague and Paris discuss these group processes using a cartography of controveries. One of the goals of this approach is to create a new public, deliberative space for debating and transcending narrow narratives which juxtapose ‘the established' versus ‘the outsiders'.

‘If you're from Duindorp? Then you've got something to explain', says the chairman of the socalled Bewonersberaad (council of inhabitants). This small neighborhood is known as a closed community which is more than willing to takes matters into their own hands. Residents recently forestalled the allocation of apartments to migrants by throwing stones through windows. With fortyfive percent of the electorate voting for the maverick politician Geert Wilders Duindorp is frequently portrayed as exemplary for Western-European anti-migration sentiments.
Since spring 2017 the THUAS is working on a InnoLab Duindorp. Here stakeholders are drawn into a process for public learning for addressing issues of migration and integration. The focuspoint are controversies that arise from allocating houses to migrants. Insights from pragmatism (e.g. John Dewy, Richard Rorty) and Science & Technology Studies (Bruno Latour, Tommaso Venturini) are drawn upon to equip the public for better dealing with local controversies. Wihting the InnoLab we aim to transcend narrow, destructive narratives that juxtapose xenophobes versus cosmopolites, citizens versus the elite, locals versus the powers that be, etcetera.

Detail time table will be published later on.

  • Joost Meppelink - Municipality The Hague: Welcome to the neigboorhood: the rationale for building an innolab in Duindorp
  • Donato Ricci - Media Lab - Sciences Po, Parijs: Cartography of Controversies as a scientific method for public engagement
  • Donato Ricci & Rob Ruts: Application of Cartography in the Innolab Duindorp: experience & first results
  • Discussion Q&A
Chair: Robert Duiveman - The Hague University of Applied Sciences (
  • Joost Meppelink - Municipality The Hague. Welcome to the neigboorhood: the rationale for building an innolab in Duindorp
  • Donato Ricci - Media Lab – Sciences Po, Parijs. How to apply Cartography of Controversies (CoC) on urban issues of Migration
  • Donato Ricci & Robert Duiveman. Try-out: applying CoC to analyze the controversy of housing distribution in Duindorp
  • Lessons learned, Q&A
    Chair: Rob Ruts (