Governance and the Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees (GLIMER)

Duration: 10/17 – 09/20

The ongoing migration of people from conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria into the EU is routinely described as a crisis. Governance and the Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees (GLIMER) explores how this crisis can be translated into an opportunities for European cities through the implementation of sustainable integration strategies for migrants and refugees, with a focus on Cyprus, Italy, Sweden and Scotland.

Building on the successes of southern Italy’s ‘welcoming cities’, this collaborative research project is working with a range of civil society groups, businesses, local authorities and refugee organisations in a number of medium sized cities in northern and southern Europe to support the development of policies that will benefit both arriving refugees and their host cities. Through knowledge co-production and partnerships, the research will strengthen understanding of how population decline, skills shortages and other challenges in urban areas of Europe can be alleviated through inclusive approaches towards newly arrived refugees.

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Nasar Meer (Principal Investigator, Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship)
Timothy Peace (Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow)
Anna Elia (Researcher i Sociology)
Erica Righard (Associate Professor)
Artemis Michael (Project Officer)
Loprieno Donatella (Researcher)
Emma Hill (Research Fellow)
Ellen Cummings (Project Administrator)
Klara Öberg (Post-Doctoral Researcher)
Maio Claudio (Professor)
Henrik Emilsson (Researcher)

• Capacity building, network development and other collaborative activities in case study cities.

• Workshops and other shared platforms to support communication and knowledge exchange between refugees, local authorities and other stakeholders.

• Development of indicator framework and other tools to support development of inclusive policies towards refugee populations.

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