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Investing in 'Welcoming Spaces' in Europe: revitalizing shrinking areas by hosting non-EU migrants

Objective

This proposal aims at ‘rethinking’ ways forward in creating inclusive space (see OECD 2016) in such a way that it will contributed to the revitalisation of these places and the successful integration of migrants in demographically and economically shrinking areas.

WELCOMING SPACES aims to search for new ways to merge two policy challenges: how to contribute to the revitalisation of shrinking areas while also offering space for the successful integration of NON-EU migrants in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (‘leaving no one behind’). new types of government-citizen-migrant relations. Our point of departure are existing examples of places of ‘welcoming spaces’ which do exist in some places, but often remain invisible and dispersed. Examples of small towns and villages offsetting declining population by attracting non-EUinternational migrants are found in various European counties in Italy, Spain, but also Germany, the Netherlands and even Poland. Such initiatives to create ‘welcoming spaces’ and initiating new types of government-citizen-migrant engagement are often citizen-based, but can equally be the outcome of initiatives by governments, NGOs or business, or they can be migrant-based. Going against the current of ‘anti-migration’, most initiatives are highly contested. Their success seems to depend on a combination of collective action, multi-stakeholder collaboration and institutional innovations. Given the local or regional scale of most of these initiatives, the dispersion in space and political sensitivity, much of what is happening around these ‘welcoming spaces’ remains under the radar. The possibilities for upscaling such initiatives are hence underexplored. The programme aims to answer the following question: How to achieve inclusive and sustainable development in shrinking regions, contributing to revitalisation while providing opportunities for the successful integration of non-EU migrants?
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Address

Heidelberglaan 8
3584 Cs Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 023 500

Participants (7)

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UNIVERSITAET SIEGEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 618 750

UNIVERSIDADE DA CORUNA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 465 625

FUNDACION CEPAIM ACCION INTEGRAL CON MIGRANTES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 203 665

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 406 150

FORUM INTERNAZIONALE ED EUROPEO DI RICERCHE SULL'IMMIGRAZIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 34 062,50

SZKOLA GLOWNA HANDLOWA W WARSZAWIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 152 500

FUNDACJA OCALENIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 23 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 870952

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 February 2020

  • End date

    31 January 2024

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.6.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 928 002,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 928 002,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands