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Migration-focused calls in Horizon 2020

Since 2014, Europe has witnessed a massive migration influx. That influx has caused an unrest in the European Society. The budget that was allocated to help those people get their life back on track was certainly a blow.

Every year more problems and more solutions seem to emerge. In 2020 the problem is not what it used to be but it is still there. As a result, the European Union has set a number of priorities that are being enhanced through European Funded programmes, in an effort to identify potential risks and still hovering problems, find the solutions, improve current practices and use what has already been developed, to help migrants adapt to the new environment.

Among all the EU programmes, Horizon 2020 is the largest. It is the programme with the most funding and its calls apply to a massive variety of different fields.  As a result, the Horizon 2020 migration calls appear to have a much greater impact on the European Society.

For 2020 Migration calls cover a large part of the budget. Here are three of the most important migration call under the Horizon 2020 umbrella:

Title: Inclusive and Innovative practices for the integration of the recently arrived migrants in local communities

Type of Action: RIA Research and Innovation action

Deadline Model: Single-stage

Deadline: 12 March 2020, 17:00:00 Brussels time

The Challenge: The challenge is to provide policymakers at the local, regional, national and supra-national level, civil society organizations and other relevant actors with effective, responsive, flexible, context-specific and culture-specific proposals for measures to promote socio-economic integration and inclusion as well as access to rights and services. This includes sustainable and participatory strategies, also with the involvement of citizens, civil society actors, education institutions and the private sector.

The Impact: Projects will enhance the knowledge base on the integration of migrants in local communities. The actions will contribute to improved practices, policies and strategies at the local, national and EU levels for the integration of migrants in European urban and local settings. This will help increase the possibilities for migrants to thrive and flourish in the labor market and in society. 

Title: Narratives on migration and its impact: past and present

Type of Action: RIA Research and Innovation action

Deadline Model: Single-stage

Deadline: 12 March 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time

The Challenge: The challenge is to understand and explain the causes and consequences of such narratives, examining their construction and assessing their effects on attitudes to migration and on society at large. By identifying the responsibility of each stakeholder – policy-makers, civil society organizations, citizens and migrants- in shaping these narratives, and by shedding light on the consequences of discourses on migration, the role, and responsibility of each stakeholder will be better defined and their competences enhanced.

The Impact: Practitioners will be informed by the new knowledge produced on the consequences of discourses on migration. This may have an impact on their conduct and policy choices when relevant. Projects will improve access and dissemination of information on narratives of migration and their effects including their scale, patterns and the social and economic impact on host societies. 

Title: Sustainable practices for the integration of newly arrived migrants into societies

Type of action: CSA Coordination and support action

Deadline Model: Single-stage

Deadline: 12 March 2020, 17:00:00 Brussels time

The Challenge: The unorderly arrival of large numbers of migrants across Europe since 2014 has determined an exceptional mobilization of resources (often fragmented in multiple small scales and time-limited projects) used to ensure successful integration of migrants in European societies. Funding has been mobilized at the EU, national, regional and local levels, determining a great number of actions both in policy and in research. After such an emergency response, it is now time to take stock of the work carried out, understanding the impact of the resources used and considering the lessons learned.

The Impact: This CSA action will establish a solid and readily accessible evidence base in support of migration and integration policies and will contribute to improved practices for all stakeholders involved, policies and strategies at local, national and EU levels, including urban and rural spaces. It will advance the implementation of the EU Urban Agenda and of the UN Sustainable Development Goals dedicated to making cities and rural communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Furthermore, the action may contribute to the deployment of migration-related innovation on the market and in society, by highlighting what most works amongst the great number of actions funded over the past years. Finally, it will reduce the R&I division by improving the flow of knowledge in the field between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers across Europe.

All the above information is in accordance with the EU official pages for the calls.

IED’s work on migration

Since our establishment in 2005, we have identified the need to help solve migration problems, across Europe. Our work started long before the 2014 migrant influx and we aim to continue our actions in the future.

We are firm believers that entrepreneurship is the key that can support all communities. The migrant community in Europe can benefit from our expertise.

In the Horizon calls mentioned above, we can add value, with our experience in migration as well as our expertise in entrepreneurship. We are interested in finding the right consortium and implementing the best projects under the migration Horizon 2020 calls.

If you are looking for an expert partner to add to your consortium, IED is the expert you need. Contact our offices today and start a collaboration with us!

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Mike Lagos
Head of Planning & Development Unit

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