Housing for immigrants and community integration in Europe and beyond: Strategies, policies, dwellings, and governance


The MERGING project is an interdisciplinary study of migrant integration through participatory housing initiatives. The project brings together 7 disciplines from 10 partners to test an innovative approach aiming to facilitate and ensure the sustainability of migrants’ integration process. MERGING reviews existing knowledge, integration policies and initiatives across macro (EU migration policies), meso (regional economic & social systems) and micro (individual practices) levels in which housing occupies a prominent place. This will enable us to study the feasibility of participatory pilots in order to implement, test and evaluate them in 3 European regions. To ensure the success and the sustainability of the project, both immigrants, hosts, volunteers, NGOs, companies, citizens will be involved in the construction (or renovation) of housing. The innovative, multi-method approach (e.g. interviews, focus groups, policy analyses, quantitative data analysis and participatory action research) provides in-depth analyses of: 1) the long-term effects of participatory housing initiatives; 2) factors fostering or hindering integration processes of migrants and access to civic rights in local communities; and 3) how diverse stakeholders can support migrants by strengthening their socio-economic integration through participatory initiatives (notably the ones related to housing). MERGING will contribute extensively to integration studies - empirically, methodologically and conceptually - through its place- and migrant-centred approach. MERGING offers direct benefits to migrants and evidence-based policyrecommendations will help to push policy and practice innovation in the field of migrant integration in Europe.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Morena Cuconato

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Scienze Dell'Educazione "Giovanni Maria Bertin"
Dipartimento di Scienze Aziendali

Universite Lyon 3 Jean Moulin(France)

Other Participants:
Universidad de Valencia (Spain)
Universite De Rennes 1 (France)
Malmo Universitet (Sweden)
Lyon Ingenierie Projets (France)
Collectif D'Echanges Pour La Technologie Appropriee Asbl-Cota (Belgium)
Goeteborg Universitet (Sweden)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Quatorze (France)
Social Business Earth Sagl (Switzerland)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.950.643,75
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 31/12/2023

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Reduced inequalities This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.