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Whole-COMM Workshop – Building Bridges: Exploring Holistic Approaches to Migrant Integration

November 10th 2023
Mundo Madou, Avenue des Arts 7-8 1210 Brussels

This is an invitation-only event.

Over the last few years, the EU has received unprecedented numbers of migrants and asylum seekers, often in an unorderly way. This has led to a growing migrant presence in unprepared small- and medium-sized towns and rural areas where integration is expected to take place. Recognizing that migrant integration is a complex process influenced by various factors and involving multiple stakeholders, it becomes important to understand its dynamics at different levels of governance.

To address these pressing issues, we are organizing a workshop that aims to facilitate an open dialogue among key local stakeholders, Whole-comm researchers, and international actors. The primary objective of this workshop is to gather feedback and foster discussion on a set of recommendations for integration of migrants in small and medium-sized towns, as well as rural areas. Moreover, this workshop serves as a platform to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and best practices surrounding migrant integration in these specific contexts.

This workshop is organized as part of the “Whole-Comm: Exploring the Integration of Post-2014 Migrants in Small and Medium-Sized Towns and Rural Areas from a Whole of Community Perspective” project, which is funded by the European Commission. We invite all participants to actively engage in this workshop, share their insights and collectively work towards exploring pathways to successful integration.


9:00 am – 9:30 am: Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:30 am – 9:40 am: Opening Remarks

9:40 – 10:40: Introductory Panel

  • Introduction to the Whole-Comm project and its objectives by Tiziana Caponio, Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto
  • Regions for integration, Julia Shah Fiorovanti, Committee of Regions
  • Multi-level governance in migrant integration, Anna Piccinni, OECD
  • Insights on the European Commission’s Local Integration Initiatives, Livinia Pilosu, European Commission
  • Q & A

10:40 – 13:00: Mixed stakeholder group discussions

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

This is an invitation-only event.

About the Migration Policy Group (MPG)

MPG is an independent think-and-do-tank based in Brussels. MPG’s purpose is rooted in its ability to inspire networks to provide evidence-based projects, research and campaigns in the areas of integration, migration and anti-discrimination.