Coordinating Country


Project Description

Urban Implications and Governance of CEE migration

Migration from Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries has evolved into
one of the main migration flows within Europe. CEE migrants are EU citizens and
their mobility can be seen as a form of socio-economic participation on the European
labour market. This project raises the question what the consequences are of
this type of mobility for urban cohesion and urban policies. The aim of this project
is to enhance the theoretical and practical understanding of how urban regions can
cope with the implications of CEE migration

Results and expected impact
Data found shows that the migration is more socio-economically and temporally diversified
than often assumed. We recognized a variety of urban implications, which differed more within urban regions than between urban regions. There is a lack of a well-functioning institutional structures in the governance despite the increasing number of migrants. While the challenges take place in the local level, the central (EU) decision-making authorities remain insufficient in bringing solutions to the local challenges. The research supports future attempts for a better governance of migration. This project created societal impact at various levels. The main results are available in the open access EUKN Policy Handbook of Urban Governance of free movement in the EU.

Contact persons

Prof. Dr. G.B.M. Engbersen
Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL)
T: +31 (0)10 408 2084
T: +31 (0)10 408 2085


Austrian Academy of Sciences (AT)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL)

Koç University (TR)

University of Gothenburg (SE)

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