Driving Migrant Inclusion through Social Innovation

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23 sep 2020

Driving Migrant Inclusion through Social Innovation

Lessons for cities in a pandemic

This study examines the potential of social innovation to support migrant inclusion. It starts by exploring promising practices implemented in a number of cities across the European Union to address the growing integration needs of newcomers, drawing on interviews with representatives of municipalities in Austria, Greece, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania and Spain. Such innovative practices include untraditional partnerships with non-State actors, finding original solutions and increased involvement of communities. The study concludes with reflections on how these lessons can help cities advance inclusion and social cohesion in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and amid associated social, economic and political uncertainty. It was carried out within the frame of the project, ADMin4ALL (Supporting Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Migrants in Europe), which was funded by the European Union and implemented by IOM, and aims to enhance the capacity of local governments to provide more inclusive services for the successful social and economic integration of migrants.

  • Executive Summary
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Social Innovation: Hype or hope?
  • 3 Social Innovation in Diverse Cities
    • A. Addressing the needs of the most vulnerable and hardest to reach
    • B. An ear on the ground: Mobilizing and sustaining community engagement
    • C. Joining forces in testing times: Multi-stakeholder partnerships
    • D. Co-creation: Involving beneficiaries in designing and providing services
  • 4 Final Reflections: Ongoing challenges and lessons for the COVID-19 crisis
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgements