Territorial and Urban Potentials Connected to Migration and Refugee Flows

The scope of the project is to contribute in raising knowledge on the territorial impact of migration and refugee flows in the Adriatic-Ionian and Danube macro-regions in order to take these aspects into account in the framework of the EUSAIR and EUSDR strategy and the ETC programmes.

This project is the first one specifically devoted to the analysis of the implications for territorial cohesion deriving from the refugee “crisis” that peaked in 2015. The area investigated by this project, the Adriatic-Ionian and Danube macro-regions, provide a comprehensive geographical scope to analyse and assess the impacts of migration and refugee flows, since it includes altogether countries of arrival, transit and destination of these flows. The geographies encompassed by the project include also the countries traversed by the “Balkan Route”, what became known as the main gateway to Europe for hundred thousand migrants and asylum seekers – and the path along which some of the most dramatic events took place.

The main outcome is a comprehensive overview of the recent migration and refugee flows in the Adriatic-Ionian and Danube macro-regions from a qualitative and quantitative point of view looking at the main driving forces affecting the geographical distribution of the migrants. In addition, the territorial impacts of migration are investigated seeking to explain how migration affect the current socioeconomic challenges and possibly provide opportunities as well. The policy recommendations are focused on how different territories can overcome challenges of unpredictable and large scale inflows, manage integration and enhance the potentials in their endeavors to cope with the current migration and refugee inflows within their strategic policy and development objectives.


Project’s partners: University of Bologna (lead partner); European University of Tirana (Western Balkans’ case study); Institute for Central-Eastern and Balkan Europe; University of Thessaly, and Central European Initiative.

For more information see: https://www.espon.eu/migration


UET Team leader

Eda Gemi, PhD

[email protected]