Urban Migration

With this call, JPI Urban Europe invites transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communities of researchers and practitioners to create projects that align, synthesise or consolidate already existing knowledge on urban migration across disciplines on national and local levels. The results from projects granted in this call should help to facilitate knowledge transfer and learning from different European contexts, cities and countries to create greater engagement and understanding in migrant as well as host communities.

Aim of the call

The focus of this call is the ways that migration affects and is affected by the life and functioning of cities. As JPI Urban Europe aims for a broad scrutiny of urban migration, proposals submitted to this call should focus on one, many or a mix of migration types, categorized based on the following three principles (World Economic Forum, 2017):

> By political boundaries (internal vs. international migration)
> By movement patterns (step, circular or chain migration) or
> By taking a decision-making approach (voluntary vs. involuntary migration)

With this call, JPI Urban Europe aims to create a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral community of researchers, practitioners and engaging migrant communities working in the field of urban migration, who can align, synthesise, consolidate, and learn from each other. Further, to develop common insights and understandings on the selected topics of the call as well as bring together already existing knowledge on migration across disciplines on national and local level. The results from projects granted in this call should help to facilitate knowledge transfer and learning from different contexts, cities and countries to create greater engagement and understanding in migrant as well as host communities.

Participating countries: Austria, Germany, Latvia, Sweden and United Kingdom

Call topics

The project proposal should at least address one of the following topics:

Topic 1: Socio-spatial integration and citizen involvement: Increased migration flow to urban areas can result in new opportunities as well as in challenges. One set of challenges in need of research and innovation concerns inequalities as well as socio-spatial and cultural segregation due to socio-demographic changes in communities and other local groupings. There is a need for new knowledge on measures and strategies that can promote social integration and increase citizen involvement and participation among populations. There is also a need for more knowledge based on comparisons between different spatial levels and types of cities.

Topic 2: Urban governance of housing issues: To be able to manage migration and assist the long-term integration of migrants, cities need to adapt solid housing practices and measures. Cities’ leeway in providing and assisting migrants has been dependent on the degree of state control vs. local and regional autonomy. Furthermore, factors of historical and cultural nature are important at the urban level. In relation to this, providing adequate and affordable housing to migrants is one of the biggest challenges, in terms of stresses on some cities’ settlement and housing capacities. Meanwhile, many urban areas experience an increased pressure on the housing market by other dynamics including the movement of citizens from rural to urban areas as well as demographic changes in the host populations.

Topic 3: Enhancing cities’ administrative capacities and supporting evidence-based integration policies (managing migration): Many initiatives, policies and actions have been undertaken to support integration processes in European urban areas, both to be able to handle emergency situations as well as long-term migration flows. However, difficulties exist in sharing information, results, knowledge and experiences of such initiatives to inform evidence-based urban policy making in Europe. Furthermore, there are insufficient tools for evidence-based integration and cross-country comparability of integration indicators in urban areas. Building an EU-wide knowledge base on integration measures and research results at city and regional levels can help to enhance policy learning and build an evidence base that can inform the translation of good practices into different urban contexts and support policy learning.

>> Learn more in the call text

Selected projects

Eight projects have been selected in the Urban Migration call. The projects consist of transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral communities of researchers and practitioners. The projects will create projects that align, synthesise, or consolidate already existing knowledge on urban migration across disciplines on national and local levels. Participating countries in this call are Austria, Germany, Latvia, Sweden and United Kingdom.

The EMPOWER project: Empowering Cities of Migration: new methods for citizen involvement and socio-spatial integration

LoReMi: Local Responses to Precarious Migrants: Frames, Strategies and Evolving Practices in Europe

ProSHARE: Enhancing Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion through Practices of Sharing in Housing and Public Space

MAPURBAN: Migrant Mobility and Access to Public Urban Resources

Inclusive Housing: Inclusive Housing policies: Housing is the beginning

MICOLL: Migration and housing: meeting refugees’ housing needs through collaborative housing programmes

HOUSE-IN: The Housing-Integration-Nexus: shaping exchange and innovation for migrants’ access to housing and social inclusion

The Art of Belonging: Social integration of young migrants in urban contexts through cultural place-making

>> Read more about the projects 


See the projects presentation here.

Types of projects looked for:

The projects granted in the Urban Migration call should fulfil the following objectives:

  • Build upon already existing knowledge on migration
  • Contribute to sustainable urban development
  • Have transdisciplinary collaboration with active cooperation between all stakeholders throughout the project
  • Relate to gender and diversity aspect
  • Show the added value of European collaboration

The call will adopt a two-stage procedure. The projects granted should have a duration between 12-18 months.

Events in this call:

Information Webinar
17 February, 10.00-11.30 CET, online
Watch the webinar here

LinkedIn group
In addition to events and webinars, we wish to welcome interested actors to the LinkedIn group “Networking in Urban Migration” for self-organised networking and matchmaking. This is a group where you can continue to explore the possibilities for developing and submitting a joint call proposal together with more stakeholders or find possible future partners before the matchmaking event.

Kick-off for funded projects: 14 September 2021

JPI Urban Europe invites all projects funded in the Urban Migration call and their stakeholders to an online projects kick-off meeting. The meeting provides an opportunity for the project partners to meet and to share knowledge, introduce their projects, engage in strategic discussions and find partners for future cooperation. 

>> Read a summary from the kick off

Who can apply?

Applicants can come from organisations such as:

  • Companies (from industry/large companies to SMEs)
  • Cities, municipalities, regions
  • Consumers (e.g. business enterprises, test households, etc.)
  • Citizens’ representatives, NGOs
  • Research organisations (universities, university colleges, research institutes or other authorities with research undertakings)

Consortia may consist of partners active across several positions within the research and development system (i.e. innovation, applied research, fundamental research) and across disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering). At least one relevant non-academic stakeholder, problem owner or practitioner as a partner or as self-funded partner (for instance cities, municipalities or public authorities must be part of the consortia. Project proposals must consist of at least three eligible applicants from at least three participative countries. Partners from third countries are welcome in consortium but need funding from other sources.

Timeline

Call opening 17 December 2019
Pre-proposal deadline 2 April 2020, 12:00 CET
Invitations to submit full proposal May 2020
Full proposal deadline: 4 September 2020
Funding decisions announced November 2020
Start of projects January 2021-March 2021
Projects end (the latest) January 2023

Documents

> Call text
> Q&A Urban Migration
> Call presentation
> Pre-proposal form
> Full-proposal form
> Financial Overview Sheet Full Proposals
> Instructions for drafting a full proposal
> Forms C Urban Migration (ESRC / AHRC)
> List of National Contact Points
> Urban Migration projects presentation 

Urban Migration – Frequently Asked Questions (Full proposal stage)

Q: Is an increase in budget possible between the first and second stage?
A: The first stage assessment process involved both a ranking process and an evaluation of the budget. We would therefore not expect to see significant changes to the proposal as the ranking decision was carried out based on the proposals‘ current budgets, aims and objectives.

Q: Which kind of partners are to be included in section 11.2 „Individual project partners“ of the full proposal form? Also self-funded and sub-contracted partners or only funded partners?
A: Please include funded and self-financed partners in the description in section 11.2 – sub-contracted parties are not needed to be listed.


Matchmaking 

We wish to welcome interested actors to the LinkedIn group “Networking in Urban Migration” for self-organised networking and matchmaking. This is a group where you can continue to explore the possibilities for developing and submitting a joint call proposal together with more stakeholders or find possible future partners before the matchmaking event. Find the group here.

Go to online submission system 

Call secretariat

Austria
Johannes Bockstefl, FFG (also contact for questions related to the e-call submission system)
E-mail: johannes.bockstefl@ffg.at
Tel.: +43 (0)5 7755-5042

Funding Agencies and national contact points

>List of National Contact Points

Country Partner
Austria FFG
Germany DLR (on behalf of BMBF)
Latvia IZM
Sweden Formas
United Kingdom AHRC
United Kingdom ESRC

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