D4I Final Workshop

MCE Conference and Business Centre

Rue de l’Aqueduc 118, 1050 Brussels – Belgium

27 November 2018

The workshop involved 11 non-JRC speakers (including 1 keynote) and 3 facilitators. Around 60 participants attended it with a balanced mix between researchers from different disciplines, representatives from policy DGs, international organisations and research institutions, networks of cities, local administrators and migrant organisations. (The agenda of the event is available here).

The morning session hosted 10 presentations of papers chosen from all the proposals participating in the data challenge. The studies were selected equally considering their scientific value and their policy relevance for local integration. All papers illustrated the potential of urban, small-scale research to gain new insights on how city-internal dynamics crucially impact on the integration of migrants. The participants made clear in what ways the D4I dataset represents a point of reference for more research in the coming years. The public engaged in lively Q&As sessions, confirming both the relevance of the topic and the added value of having a diverse audience when discussing policy-related issues.

The afternoon session resumed with a keynote speech by Professor Ryan D. Enos from Harvard University. Based on the recently published book The space between us. Social geography and politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017), the talk showed how the role of social geography and in particular proximity, size and segregation of out-groups can influence public attitudes, voting behaviour and group bias.

The speech was followed by 4 parallel thematic roundtables, where the participating policymakers, practitioners, local administration officers and researchers evenly distributed to exchange knowledge and questions around concrete policy-relevant issues. At each roundtable, a moderator facilitated the debate and a rapporteur took note. The aim of the roundtables was to understand how to refine further and operationalise the dataset, as well as to explore the ways it could be used to assess policy needs and outcomes at the local level across the EU. The reports from the 4 rapporteurs to the whole audience concluded the workshop.