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Event | 27 November 2018

Data Challenge on Integration of Migrants in Cities (D4I) - Final Workshop

The workshop involved 11 non-JRC speakers (including 1 keynote) and 3 facilitators. Around 60 participants attended it with a balanced mix between researchers...

The workshop involved 11 non-JRC speakers (including 1 keynote) and 3 facilitators. Around 60 participants attended it with a balanced mix between researchers from different disciplines, representatives from policy DGs, international organisations and research institutions, networks of cities, local administrators and migrant organisations. 

The morning session hosted 10 presentations of papers chosen from all the proposals participating in the data challenge. The studies were selected equally considering their scientific value and their policy relevance for local integration. All papers illustrated the potential of urban, small-scale research to gain new insights on how city-internal dynamics crucially impact on the integration of migrants. The participants made clear in what ways the D4I dataset represents a point of reference for more research in the coming years. The public engaged in lively Q&As sessions, confirming both the relevance of the topic and the added value of having a diverse audience when discussing policy-related issues.

The afternoon session resumed with a keynote speech by Professor Ryan D. Enos from Harvard University. Based on the recently published book The space between us. Social geography and politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017), the talk showed how the role of social geography and in particular proximity, size and segregation of out-groups can influence public attitudes, voting behaviour and group bias.

The speech was followed by 4 parallel thematic roundtables, where the participating policymakers, practitioners, local administration officers and researchers evenly distributed to exchange knowledge and questions around concrete policy-relevant issues. At each roundtable, a moderator facilitated the debate and a rapporteur took note. The aim of the roundtables was to understand how to refine further and operationalise the dataset, as well as to explore the ways it could be used to assess policy needs and outcomes at the local level across the EU. The reports from the 4 rapporteurs to the whole audience concluded the workshop.


Segregation, focal distances and neighbourhood scales for EU and non-EU migrants in European Cities.

Home is where the ethnic community is? Scales of ethnic segregation in German cities.

The geographies of diversity and segregation by country of birth.

Mapping diversity of migration-related diversity. How different are European cities in terms of migration-related diversity?

Comparing residential segregation: selected origins in selected EU metropolitan areas.

Multiscale and multidimensional segregation of non-Western migrants in seven European capitals.

Immigrant urban hot-spots in Europe: identification, mapping, comparison.

Residential settlement of migrants and housing values; zooming into neighbourhoods of Italian provincial capitals.

How are asylum reception centers perceived in local communities? House prices as a mirror of minds.

Transport & migration "Big Data": A GIS-based approach for measuring migrants access to public transport in European cities.

Workshop Agenda