Migration Impact Assessment to Enhance Integration and Local Development in European Rural and Mountain Regions
01.02.2020 - 31.01.2023
MATILDE develops and tests a transdisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework to measure the impacts of Third Country Nationals (TCNs) on local development in rural and mountain regions across Europe. TCNs are an important factor of socio-economic development and have a strong yet under-researched effect on the relationships between urban and rural/mountain areas.
With a two-level consortium gathering research and local in 10 European countries, the project co-constructs the migration impact assessment and elaborates policy recommendations and governance solutions. Overall, the project improves knowledge on the social and economic development potential of TCNs in rural and mountain areas. It helps understanding the mechanisms behind the socio-economic integration of TCNs and it provides policy makers, practitioners and local stakeholders with analytical tools and place-based solutions/policy recommendations to counteract misperceptions and untap the migration potential in rural and mountain regions.
The MATILDE project develops and tests a transdisciplinary conceptual and methodological framework for a multidimensional assessment of the economic and social impacts of Third Country Nationals (TNCs) at the EU-aggregate, national, regional and local levels. The assessment is based on the hypothesis that foreign immigration is an important driver of social and economic development; it also has effects on urban-rural/mountain relationships (Copus, 2013; Habitat III 2015). The assessment will be based on quantitative and qualitative methods and will adopt an action-research approach (Lewin, 1946). To examine the interaction between migrants and the spatial, social and economic characteristics of rural and mountain areas in which they are settled, MATILDE will conduct 13 case studies. They are located in regions that are specific for the presence of urban poles differently interconnected with rural and mountain areas through flows of people, economic resources and cultural exchange. MATILDE develops a case studies approach which is built on a multi-stakeholder perspective: the two-level consortium brings together research partners and local partners acting in the field of migrants’ integration - NGOs, public authorities and governmental agencies. They will work together to co-construct the assessment of migration impact in rural and mountain areas engaging local stakeholders and beneficiaries, and to jointly elaborate policy recommendations and governance solutions. Moreover, the project aims to promote socially inclusive and territorially balanced growth by stimulating local governance processes capable of better connecting urban and rural/mountain areas, reflecting the potential for local development entailed by TCNs stocks and flows.