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Migrant integration governance in CEE cities post 2015

Project description

Migrant integration in central and eastern Europe

Central and eastern European (CEE) countries had a marked and, in many aspects, an oppositional reaction to the 2015 refugee crisis. Since the protection and accommodation of refugees represent a major humanitarian issue, it is significant to understand the drivers of these adversarial responses. The EU-funded MigIntegrEast project will focus on four Polish and two Hungarian cities selected on the basis of their compatibility or non-compatibility with national policies, to determine the role of macro-, meso- and micro-level agents and processes in the governance of refugee integration. As regards the integration process, the project will investigate the role of supranational and state agents as well as local administrations and communities and non-state agents such as NGOs.


This research project aims to access a novel form of governance of migration emerged in Central and Eastern European (CEE) cities in the post-2015 context. The governance of integration of immigrants. It mobilizes a wide range of sometimes adversative responses from state and non-state actors at supranational, national, and local levels. In light of the 2015 crisis of humanitarian protection of refugees in Europe, it is critical to understand what drives these different responses. By focusing specifically on cities in CEE, the research goal of MigIntegrEast is to identify the role of macro-, meso-, and micro-level factors and processes, in the governance of integration of immigrants in the post-2015 context. MigIntegrEast asks: what are the roles of (1) supranational and state-level factors (e.g. statehood history, civil society history, migration history and patterns), (2) local-level factors (e.g. city migration history, city population size, city foreign-born population, local administration structure, current local administration political representation, NGOs, movement, local communities) and (3) individual-level characteristics (such as the social and cultural capital of members of the local administration, NGOs, grassroots groups, local communities) in immigrant integration governance by state- (local administration) and non-state actors (e.g. NGOs, grassroots groups, migrant groups) in CEE cities? Integration governance will be analyzed in four Polish and two Hungarian cities selected based on congruence and incongruence with the national policies.


Net EU contribution
€ 149 625,60
Krakowskie przedmiescie 26/28
00-927 Warszawa

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Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Miasto Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00