10 Nov. 2023 – Building Bridges: Exploring Holistic Approaches to Migrant Integration

A workshop that aims to facilitate an open dialogue among key local stakeholders, Whole-comm researchers, and international actors

Over the last few years, the EU has received unprecedented numbers of migrants and asylum seekers, often in an unorderly way. This has led to a growing migrant presence in unprepared small- and medium-sized towns and rural areas where integration is expected to take place. Recognizing that migrant integration is a complex process influenced by various factors and involving multiple stakeholders, it becomes important to understand its dynamics at different levels of governance.

To address these pressing issues, Whole-COMM’s workshop, organized by Migration Policy Group, aims to facilitate an open dialogue among key local stakeholders, Whole-comm researchers, and international actors. The primary objective of this workshop is to gather feedback and foster discussion on a set of recommendations for integration of migrants in small and medium-sized towns, as well as rural areas. Moreover, this workshop serves as a platform to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and best practices surrounding migrant integration in these specific contexts.

This workshop is organized as part of the “Whole-Comm: Exploring the Integration of Post-2014 Migrants in Small and Medium-Sized Towns and Rural Areas from a Whole of Community Perspective” project, which is funded by the European Commission. We invite all participants to actively engage in this workshop, share their insights and collectively work towards exploring pathways to successful integration.

This is an invitation-only event.


Brussels, hosted and organized by Migration Policy Group

9:00 am – 9:30Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:30 am – 9:40Opening Remarks
– Welcome address Dr. Basak Yavcan, Migration Policy Group
– Objectives of the workshop, agenda, format Dr. Sinem Yilmaz, Migration Policy Group
9:40 – 10:40Introductory Panel (More speakers still TBC)
– Introduction to the Whole-Comm project and its objectives by Tiziana Caponio, Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto
– Regions for integration, Julia Shah Fiorovanti, Committee of Regions
– Multi-level governance in migrant integration, Anna Piccinni, OECD
– Q & A
10:40 – 13:00Mixed stakeholder group discussions
13:00 – 14:00Lunch

Photo by François Genon from Unsplash

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