Driving Migrant Inclusion through Social Innovation
This report is mainly based on research conducted as part of the ADMin4ALL project on “Supporting Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Migrants in Europe” in cities and towns in Southern as well as Central and Eastern Europe that have faced particularly challenging situations, from high levels of spontaneous arrivals in 2015–16 and limited integration experience or service infrastructure to restrictive national policies and strained economies. This analysis also includes examples from other European urban centres that have devised innovative solutions to handle the pressures of 2015–16 and promote lasting inclusion of newcomers in the local fabric of society. The report starts by examining the potential of social innovation to support migrant and refugee inclusion before exploring promising practices and persistent challenges. The final section offers reflections on how these lessons can help diverse cities advance inclusion and social cohesion in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and amid the associated economic, social, and political uncertainty – in short, how to use social innovation to put local communities at the centre of recovery efforts.