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Whole-COMM explores the integration of migrants in Small and Medium-sized Towns and Rural Areas (SMsTRAs) from a whole of community perspective. It is a three-year project analysing the complex relationship between migrant integration policy and community cohesion in small and medium-size towns and rural areas through a cross-country and a cross-locality comparative approach.


Whole-COMM promotes scientific knowledge about the dynamics and causal mechanisms that influence the complex relationship between integration policies and community cohesion.

Employs a comparative approach between countries (8 EU and 2 non-EU) and between localities (40), and a mixed methodology that combines qualitative and quasi-experimental techniques, an attitude survey and a quantitative analysis on the impact of policies on social cohesion and immigrant integration trajectories.


Dr. Başak Yavçan

Head of Research

Whole_Comm is coordinated by Collegio Carlo Alberto and implemented by MPG as well as a number of other partner groups. Evidence will ultimately encourage debate through the production of new comparative knowledge and interaction with a variety of actors in a policy learning and co-creating process.


Conducting a comparative assessment of integration policy and practices.

Analysing how local contexts and integration policies shape impact on migrants’ integration experiences and influence individual attitudes and social relations.

Providing an assessment of the impact of integration policies in localities dealing with the challenges of migrants’ integration.

Creating a Policy Toolbox Set, local stakeholders together MPG will elaborate a set of relevant actions/policies to integrate migrants, based on project’s findings.