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

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.

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.


Call opening 17 December 2019
Pre-proposal deadline 26 March 2020
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


> Urban Migration Call Text
> Pre-proposal form
> Full-proposal form
> List of National Contact Points


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

Hanna Scheck, FFG (also contact for questions related to the e-call submission system)
E-mail: johanna.scheck@ffg.at
Tel.: +43 (0)5 7755-5068

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

Ann Rodenstedt, Formas

E-mail: ann.rodenstedt@formas.se
Tel.: +46 (0)72-554 94 77

Björn Wallsten, Formas
E-mail: bjorn.wallsten@formas.se
Tel.: +46 (0)8-775 41 22

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 Kingdon AHRC
United Kingdom ESRC




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European Union

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857160.