Objective and Expected Results

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Result 1: Conceptual and methodological framework for a multiscale assessment of migration impacts

The MATILDE Toolbox will be adapted in:

  • A set of quantitative and qualitative methods and related indicators for the multi-scale assessment of migration impacts at the national, regional and local level of analysis.
  • Guidelines and best-practices to stimulate the improvement of the governance of migration at different territorial scales.

The MATILDE Toolbox will be adapted in particular to the specific needs of EU, national, regional and local policy makers; of practitioners such as NGOs and public service providers, as well as researchers.

Result 2: Multi-Scale Assessment of the Social and Economic Impact of Migration

The project leads to a multiscale assessment of the impact of TCNs on MATILDE social (WP3) and economic dimensions (WP4). The assessment of the social impact (WP3) will consider the effect of TCNs on demographic trends, on social polarization, civic participation and to the access to and quality of services of general interest. The assessment of the impact on economic dimensions (WP4) will consider in particular the positive and adverse effects of TCNs arrival and settling down on workforce displacement, economic growth, labour productivity, (social) innovation and the contribution of migrant entrepreneurship to employment creation. The assessment conducted in WP3 and WP4 results in policy briefings, statistical profiles, country report and comparative reports.

Result 3: Migration impact assessment through action-research in rural and mountain regions

MATILDE investigates the local level impact of migration in rural and mountain regions through 13 case studies that will shed light on the place-based needs, challenges and opportunities for European rural and mountain regions targeted by international migration. The local level assessment is co-constructed with local stakeholders, building on the expertise and networks brought in the consortium by local partners.

The engagement of beneficiaries in the assessment process aims to transform the perceptions about the impact of migration. Misperceptions about migration phenomena will thus be counterbalanced by knowledge on the impact of migration that is constructed at the local level. The 13 MATILDE case studies will lead to quantitative briefing on the case studies, qualitative reports on action-research results in each case study, a comparative report at cross-national and cross-regional levels, a virtual catalogue of innovative integration practices to favour the dissemination of findings beyond the project duration.

Result 4: Improved Governance of Migration and Territorial Cohesion

Based on broad consultations with EU-level, national, regional and local stakeholders, MATILDE will provide recommendations for improved policy and governance. These results adapt research finding and will foster better governance of migration and promote balance territorial development. The results adjusted to target groups at multiple levels will include the analysis of existing policies and governance arrangements and policy recommendations tailored to different territorial scales. Practical solutions are provided with the self-assessment tool for local policy makers, resulting from the testing of the MATILDE toolbox during the project.

Result 5: A New Perception of Migration Impact

MATILDE exploits and uptakes project outcomes among stakeholders at EU, national, regional and local level through targeted activities, in order to promote a fact-based approach to migration at different levels. To this end, the project will act according to a targeted dissemination plan that includes national workshops, thematic roundtables, trainings such as the MATILDE summer school and a Massive Online Open Course. Citizens engagement is fostered through dedicated actions such as the Photo contest and the Essay challenge targeted to students. Journalists at European, national and regional levels will be actively involved in communicating the role of migration in rural and mountain regions through targeted actions/training and the media partnership with the European Datajournalism Network.

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