Joint Policy Roundtable – Co-designing an inclusive Europe 2022

Challenging narratives – modifying practices – influencing policies

With 30 people on-site and over 250 online registered participants, the Inclusive Europe 2022 policy roundtable on migration in and to the EU, which took place on March 1st, 2022, has been a great success. We were joined by representatives of both the European Commission as well as the European Parliament, who contributed with insights on EU-level approaches and future goals to integration and migration policies. Polish MEP Róża Thun and UNHCR Poland spokesperson Rafał Kostrzyński started the event with insightful reflections on the refugee flows from Ukraine into the bordering countries.

Both Ms Thun and Mr Kostrzyński underlined the urgency that the ongoing invasion has generated for the inhabitants of Ukraine. Their accounts framed and informed the following discussions at the event, whose theme, the social inclusion of refugees and migrants, took on an even timelier dimension.

During the two break-out sessions on (i) economic, social, and legal factors of inclusion and (ii) migration narratives in cultural spaces, each of the 10 involved research projects presented their main findings and policy recommendations on social cohesion, inclusion, representation, and protection practices. With contributions from two migrant-led companies, Top Manta and WeExist, the discussions were further enriched with very relevant insights into labor-market access as well as the obstacles people who fled conflict and persecution face in Europe.

The day ended with a lively panel discussion focusing on implementation challenges but also future possibilities and potential. The exchange between researchers, practitioners, and politicians is highly relevant to inform policies and create the more holistic perspective needed to approach the topics of migration and integration. Many relevant points have been identified throughout the day, such as the prevailing mismatch between existing EU policies and local expectations and actions, and the need to communicate narratives not only with like-minded but across different oppositions, addressing rather than ignoring the internally torn European discourse on migration and integration. The question of what can be done to mainstream narratives and foster the holistic approach remains. However, many insightful suggestions and considerations have been brought up and will soon be further discussed in a detailed report of the event and upcoming policy recommendations from the involved projects.

You can watch the recordings from the event on our page or YouTube.

The involved projects are:

Cultural Heritage and Identities of Europe’s Future

CHIEF ran from 2018-2021 and aimed at building an effective dialogue between young people, education practitioners, civil society activists, community leaders and policymakers to facilitate a future of Europe based on more inclusive notions of cultural heritage and cultural identity.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 770464


Forced Displacement & Refugee-Host Community Solidarity
FOCUS is running from 2019-2022 and aims at deepening the understanding of critical dimensions of integration, taking stock of the decade passed since the unparalleled influx of more than 1 million refugees and migrants from Syria and other countries (UNHCR 2018), with a special emphasis on psychological and social factors; and by making this knowledge accessible in an efficient and useful way.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 822401.


Migrant Integration Cockpits and Dashboards
MICADO is running from 2019-2022 and aims at facilitating the exchange between migrants, public authorities and engaged civic society and ease migrants’ access to regular social systems (housing, education, health care, and labour) and counselling services through attractive digital services. Thus, it will lower the socio-economic effort and expenditure in migrant integration, both for host economies and individuals.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 Innovation Action under Grant Agreement No 822717.


Understanding the Impact of Narratives and Perceptions of Europe on Migration and Providing Practices, Tools and Guides for Practitioners
PERCEPTIONS is running from from 2019-2023 and examines how Europe and the EU are seen by people who have immigrated there or intend to do so. It further examines what perceptions of Europe exist among this group, how they are formed, whether they correspond to reality and how they influence migration decisions. It aims at deepening the understanding of how the flow of information could be distorted and whether inaccurate information could lead to a threat to the security of migrants (e.g. through dangerous border crossings) or even national security (e.g. radicalisation).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 Research & Innovation Action under Grant Agreement No 833870.


The Right to International Protection. A Pendulum between Globalization and Nativization?
PROTECT is running from 2019-2023 and studies the impacts of the UN’s Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration, which are two non-binding frameworks promoting international cooperation and responsibility-sharing as key solutions to handle global refugee flows. By studying how the Compacts are received and implemented in different countries, and how they interact with existing legal frameworks and governance architectures, PROTECT investigates the Compacts’ impact on refugees’ right to international protection.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 870761.


Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets
Sirius ran from 2018-2020 and aimed at advancing knowledge on the complexity of labour market integration for post-2014 migrants, refugees, and asylum applicants, and to explore their integration potential by looking into their spatial distribution (in relation to the distribution of labour demand across the labour market), while taking into account labour market characteristics and needs in different country and socio-economic contexts.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 770515.


Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations
SO-CLOSE is running from 2019-2022 and aims at contributing to social cohesion and fight refugee marginalization or exclusion by facilitating the encounters between similar life stories, through the mediation of innovative digital and artistic tools.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870939.


Opera co-creation for a social transformation
TRACTION is running from 2020-2022 and aims at providing a bridge between opera professionals and specific communities at risk of exclusion based on trials, understood as experimental attempts, to foster an effective community dialogue between diverse individuals and collectives on each one of the nodes. Moreover, TRACTION will also address cross-fertilisation activities between these trial-nodes and new ones that will join the network during its lifetime.
This Project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870610.


Migration Impact Assessment to Enhance Integration and Local Development in European Rural and Mountain Areas
MATILDE is running from 2020-2023 and aims at examining migration impacts on local development and territorial cohesion in European rural and mountain regions, to improve integration of third country nationals and local development.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 870831.


Investing in ‘Welcoming Spaces’ in Europe: revitalizing shrinking areas by hosting non-EU migrants
WelcomingSpaces is running from 2020-2024 and aims at searching for new ways to merge two policy challenges: How to contribute to the revitalisation of shrinking areas in the EU while also offering a welcoming space for non-EU migrants to pursue their life projects?

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 870952.


This event offers a rare opportunity to engage with various researchers and practitioners from 34 countries including 21 EU countries, representing a total of 135 institutions. Efforts are currently going into making this a hybrid event with the potential of online participation and live streaming. Please stay tuned for more news and updates on the event.