Francisco Beltrán teaches political science at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain. The research project he will carry out during his stay at the IES is entitled “Politics and Economics of Multiculturalism in Canada and Western Europe: A Comparative Approach”, and focuses on basic aspects of the political and economic integration of ethnic and cultural minorities and immigrant groups in the Canadian society, Muslim communities in particular. In relation to these issues, he will also study the Canadian multicultural policies at federal, provincial and local levels, the multicultural features of the Canadian Constitution, and the relation of those immigrant groups among themselves, with  the Canadian administration, and with society at large. Lastly, he will compare his findings with ethno-cultural demands being made in several Western European countries and some European multicultural policies currently in place.