Highlights from the ReSOMA final conference in Lisbon

6 February 2020

On 5/6 February, the Research Social Platform on Migration and Asylum (ReSOMA) project, supported by Horizon 2020, met for its final conference in Lisbon. We as Eurocities are part of this consortium together with several high-profile stakeholders from academia, think tanks and civil society organisations, both from Brussels and beyond. During the past two years, project partners have built a platform for networking through the exchange of knowledge and practice in the field of asylum, migration and integration. From our perspective, ReSOMA has been successful in informing the policy debate also in the interest of our members.

There are two research fields that have highlighted the important role of cities in this area:

  1. funding for integration at the local level
  2. cities as service providers to migrant populations.

Going forward, ReSOMA will be integrated in the IMISCOE network of migration scholars to further extend its reach and explore new avenues of better linking research expertise and policy making. The final conference was the starting point for this new chapter and also included more wide-ranging discussions on the coming of age of migration studies and key knowledge questions for the field. Panels looked at different upcoming EU policy intiatives and how these could be linked up with existing or upcoming research. Other important points of discussion were the connections between research and societal stakeholders such as Eurocities and how to build new alliances.


  • In the footsteps of migrants

    How a unique museum of personal migration stories from the past and the present is helping a city of 170 nationalities build a sense of belonging.

    7 minutes read
  • The movement for movement

    How do you attract talent, and how do you enable talent? “It’s two branches of the same issue, working at the same time,” explains Marja Nyrhinen, whose job title, ‘City of Tampere coordinator of talent attraction and migration’ really says it all.

    6 minutes read
  • Sandboxing migration

    Sofia has taken new tack on migrant integration: “Exactly the same way as kids play in their sandboxes,” says Sevdalina Voynova, director of the Sofia Development Association “We’re doing the same thing with engineers and tech people.”

    10 minutes read
  • Go extra large

    “Had it not been for this place, I’d have been on the street;” It is hard to estimate the impact that such migrant-run spaces can have.

    3 minutes read
  • Madrid’s best team

    In Madrid, migrants and locals volunteer together, fuelling integration while fortifying the city with a host of projects from working in animal shelters, to helping people with cognitive impairments, to giving guided tours on local history.

    5 minutes read
  • Design for community

    “It started with storytelling, all the characters from Alexander the Great to Ataturk. Most of the children living in the historic city centre are migrants who don’t know the roots of the place.”

    4 minutes read
  • No one has no skills

    If someone is a mother, Moses tells them “You have a skill: you care. That’s something for you in each and every environment you are in.” If someone was a shepherd, he tells them that means “you are organised, you know how to look after a flock.”

    5 minutes read
  • Welcoming cities

    Cities are the main destination of migrants and refugees, yet cities are not adequately involved in shaping migration policy.

    5 minutes read