IMAGINATION research project


IMAGINATION is a European research project on the urban implications and local governance of migration from Central and Eastern-European (CEE) countries to other European EU memberstates. The project is funded under the  joint programming initiative Urban Europe. The project is coordinated by Erasmus University Rotterdam (Prof.dr. Godfried Engbersen and Dr. Peter Scholten), and includes partners from Sweden, Austria, Turkey, Poland and the Czech Republic. On this site you can find more information on the project, the involved partners, the stakeholders involved in the advisory boards and the publications from this project.

Policy Brief online

The second policy brief considering the implications of CEE migration in European urban regions has been posted online. The policy brief gives a concise and comprehensive overview about the new findings of the IMAGINATION research (see: ‘publications’).

Second Comparative Report Online

The second IMAGINATION report presents a comparative analysis of the implications of CEE migration in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey. It includes data from more than 220 stakeholders in all IMAGINATION project countries displaying similarities, differences and patterns across countries and urban regions.
By this report, the IMAGINATION project emphasizes the importance of different types of CEE migration, which shows a variety of social implications in European urban regions.
The full Comparative Report WP2 (‘Implications of CEE migration in European urban regions’) can be found at the ‘Publications’ tab.

Polish Report online!

We are pleased to announce that the Polish IMAGINATION report (‘A closer look at the mobility of Poles’) is online. The Centre of Migration Research (CMR) in Warsaw delivered a very interesting report on the character and impact of CEE migration on Poland and what governance responses occured. The report can be found and downloaded at the ‘publications’ tab


Country Reports Online

Since the second phase of research has been finalized, three country reports on ‘the social and urban consequences of CEE migration’ are completed and accessible. All reports can be downloaded on the sub page of ‘publications’.

International Workshop in Vienna

The Austrian Team attended an international workshop (organised by the Balassi Institut – Collegium Hungaricum Wien in Vienna) on the issue of migrant and Roma children in schools in Vienna (Austria) and Miskolc (Hungary). At this event the IMAGINATION project and its outcomes were presented.

Urban Living Lab in Gothenburg

The Swedish Urban Living Lab (ULL) took place on Dec 11th at the University of Gothenburg (see picture attached). 30 representatives from the urban regions of Gothenburg and Stockholm participated the Swedish ULL.
By sharing their knowledge on CEE migration, the participants contributed to a refined understanding of the preliminary research findings. Among the urban implications adressed throughout the afternoon, the access to social benefits and measures facilitating labour market integration, the risk of social dumping and the far reaching consequences of language barriers, emerged as the more pressing ones.


Urban Living Lab in Istanbul

The first Urban Living Lab of the IMAGINATION Project in Turkey took place in Istanbul on 22 December 2014 with participation of wide ranging stakeholders from different sectors (see photo attached).

On behalf of the Turkish Team we would like to thank those participating experts who discussed economic, social, and political implications of different types of CEE migration in the Istanbul and Edirne urban regions, greatly contributing to the progress of the project.Turkey ULL

Successful Urban Living Lab in Vienna

The Austrian IMAGINATION project team held a successful first Urban Living Lab on 15 December 2014 in Vienna (see photo attached).photo

On behalf of the Austrian Team we would like to express our cordial thanks to all participating experts who discussed social implications of different types of CEE migration in the Vienna and Linz urban region thus contributing valuably to the progress of the project.