Twin projects

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H2020 Investing in ‘Welcoming Spaces’ in Europe: revitalizing shrinking areas by hosting non-EU migrants (WelcomingSpaces)

Many villages or towns in the EU Member States are in decline due to a wide range of reasons. Newly arrived migrants and refugees can play an important role in revitalising shrinking areas of the EU through their successful integration. The EU-funded WelcomingSpaces project will direct research towards two goals: ways of contributing to the revitalisation of shrinking areas through the successful integration of non-EU migrants, and new forms of government-citizen-migrant interaction.

H2020 Empowerment through liquid Integration of Migrant Youth in vulnerable conditions (MIMY)

Successful integration will make migration an opportunity for both third-country nationals and host societies. If well integrated, migrants can contribute to making Europe a more prosperous, cohesive, and inclusive society. The EU-funded MIMY project will research which integration strategies and policies can better support the empowerment of young vulnerable migrants to become active citizens within an inclusive society.

H2020 Exploring the Integration of Post-2014 Migrants in Small and Medium-Sized Towns and Rural Areas from a Whole of Community Perspective (Whole-COMM)

Since the ‘European migration and refugee crisis’ of 2014-15, small and medium-sized towns and rural areas (SMsTRA) have being confronted with the settlement of migrants seeking asylum. The EU funded Whole-COMM research project proposes an innovative whole-of-community approach to the analysis of integration in SMsTRA, elaborating sets of innovative integration actions that do not only target migrants but engage all the relevant actors and stakeholders in the local community, to strengthen community cohesion and resilience.

As MATILDE, our ambition is to rethink and re-represent the active role of immigrants and their descendants in rural and mountain regions of Europe. Join MATILDE Photo Contest and tell us how #HeartofEurope is more prosperous, more colorful and more diverse with immigration!

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