Multiplier event in Brussels

The project held a transnational seminar “Successful Inclusion of migrants and refugees in European cities: How local players are making it happen and what support is needed from EU level" in the European parliament on October 18th 2018.

Speakers included host Brando Benifei MEP (PD/S&D, IT), Antoine Savary, Deputy Head of Unit of DG Migration and Home Affairs, Housing Europe President Cédric Van Styvendael and Aliyyah Ahad, Associate Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. Also presenting were housing initiatives researched as part of the project, namely Startblok in Amsterdam, DAR=CASA in Italy, Sozialbau in Austria, GeWoBag in Berlin.

Some of the highlights from the conference itself include:

  • The new EU AMF (Asylum and Migration Fund) will have a focus on the local and regional level, with up to 90% co-financing rate for local authorities, CSOs and NGOs and will focus on tailor-made activities plus early stage integration measures

  • In Viennese social housing estates using the “inter-ethnic neihgbourhood housing model”, community laundry rooms are very popular with an occupancy rate of 82% of their possible operating time. Meaning these are highly frequented places where people meet, chat and exchange news

  • Comment from the panel: “There are indicators for economic integration, and there is a lack of political consensus on what successful social integration looks like which makes it difficult to talk about. Indeed, when things are going well, we usually don't talk about it at all!”

  • Finally, the projects themselves which need to be promoted, scaled-up and replicated.

A podcast is available here as part of Housing Europe's series 'Making a House a Home' (see Episode 5). Live notes from the event can also be found here.