MIGS is partner to a new project entitled Governance and the local integration of migrants and Europe’s refugees or GLIMER, for short. Our research efforts in this project are to help European cities and regions which are experiencing population decline, skill shortages and community fragmentation to better incorporate displaced migrants and refugees in ways that are sustainable and mutually beneficial.

The project kicked off in October 2017, and will run for 36 months.

Coordinator: University of Strathclyde (Scotland, UK)

Partners: Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) (Cyprus), Università della Calabria (Italy), Malmö University (Sweden) and University of Stirling (Scotland, UK).

We’re looking to support policy-makers and Europe’s refugees: to achieve this aim, we will generate data informed by theory but grounded in empirical evidence. Our methods will mainly involve sharing best practices and reports.

Project activities:

·       Drafting integrated reports on issues related to migration governance and local integration approaches in each of the cities under study, as well as on migration integration activities and approaches to language competency and on integration into the labour market and skills training of migrants and refugees. Each area of focus mentioned will be particularly examined for a gender perspective.

·       Publication of accessible policy briefings, two books and six academic papers.

·       Four policy roundtables to disseminate findings from the research and encourage participants to share good practice; this will include a roundtable held in Nicosia, Cyprus on practice-based approaches to gender mainstreaming in integration and reception of migrants and refugees.


This project has received funding in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 693443.