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.


IMAGINATION – Urban implications and governance of CEE migration
Duration: 2013–2016
Contact: Prof. Dr. G.B.M. Engbersen, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Budget: 1.176.055 EUR
Partners: Austrian Academy of Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Koç University, Erasmus University Rotterdam





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