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

MICOLL addresses the difficulties for migrants and especially refugees to access affordable and quality housing. Through test beds in Austria, Sweden and the UK, potential and barriers of collaborative housing (CH) solutions for the long-term integration of refugees will be identified and engaged with, leading to enhanced knowledge and increased capacity among stakeholders. The project is action-oriented with close involvement of local residents and actors, but is also committed to learning across the three countries and beyond to better identify relevant actors, processes and institutional systems for support and upscaling of collaborative housing for migrants and provide recommendations for cities, municipalities, local public bodies, middle agents and third sector organisations.

Results and outcomes

The MICOLL project has developed a cross-country transition agenda for innovative collaborative housing with refugees. The agenda addresses institutional frameworks for housing and urban development, capacity building for collaborative housing, and the improvement and scaling-up of collaborative housing models. It also highlights significant challenges and proposes actionable steps to overcome barriers to collaborative housing with refugees and other vulnerable groups.

Read the transition agenda here.

Visit the project website to learn more about the MICOLL project.

The project website offers a variety of intriguing project-related documentations. One notable example is a video that showcases the OASE.inklusiv test-bed in Vienna. OASE.inklusiv is a pioneer collaborative housing project that promotes inclusiveness and community. The video provides insights into important elements of this building group, including its communal areas, and explains its co-planning process with the future residents. Watch the video here.

Other pulications

Short report from the Austrian project part (in German): Geflüchtete in gemeinschaftlichen Wohnprojekten (2022)

Video from the online dissemination event “Housing and Migration” together with the JPI project HOUSE-IN hosted by Habitologie Netzwerk at TU Vienna (in German). Wohnen im Dialog: Wohnen und Migration (2023)


Duration: 2021 – 2022
Website: http://micoll.org
Contact: Jaan-Henrik Kain, Gothenburg Research Institute GRI
Richard Lang, Bertha von Suttner Private University
Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia, Lancaster University
E-mail: jaan-henrik.kain@gu.se, m.fernandeza@lancaster.ac.uk, richard.Lang@suttneruni.at
Budget: 175,244 Euros
Partners: Gothenburg Research Institute GRI at University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology – Dept. of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Aschauer Corporate Governance Forschungs GmbH, Lancaster University, Institute for Social Futures, Swedish Union of Tenants, Egnahemsfabriken, Tjörn, Integration Unit of the Municipality of Tjörn, wohnbund:consult eG, IBA_Vienna, Community Led Housing, London hub, London Borough of Camden, Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust, UK Cohousing Trust, Neunerimmo




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