This article examines the social policies for immigrant people, with regard to the context of Lille. France applies a universalistic model of integration. Anyway, from the analysis of local policies, several studies point out many interventions oriented to the acknowledgement of cultural difference. Through a qualitative analysis, we have tried to verify if this ambivalence is present in Lille too. The results confirm the hypothesis: in the local policies specific interventions are put into practice, like a necessary adjustment to a universalistic approach.