Innovazione Sociale per l’Integrazione dei Migranti: Lezioni per le città in tempo di pandemia

Social Innovation for Migrant Integration

Lessons for cities under pandemic


The IOM Regional Office for the EEA, the EU and NATO and the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean – Mission to Italy, Malta and the Holy See

are pleased to invite you to our upcoming event


When? Thursday, 24 September 2020, 10:00 – 11:15 (CEST)

Where? WebEx platform (register to get access link)


Many EU cities have experimented with new models of service provision to promptly find solutions to the growing integration needs of newcomers. As a result, they have developed an ecosystem of social innovation on social inclusion, which includes untraditional partnerships with non-state actors, original financial solutions, and increased involvement of communities themselves. Notwithstanding their great potential in providing more cost-effective and politically viable responses to rising social challenges, these innovative structures risk crumbling under the impending budget cuts and the restrictions to personal interactions ensuing from the Covid19 containment measures. The pandemic could thus be a make-or-break moment for this innovative architecture for social inclusion at the local level.

Speakers at the webinar will be:

  • Jiri Svarc, Head of the Social Investment Strategy Unit in European Commission’s DG EMPL
  • Liam Patuzzi, Policy Analyst at Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPIE)
  • Roberta Lo Bianco, Migration Coordinator at CESIE, Centre for European Studies and Initiatives
  • David Lubell, director of Welcoming International
  • Maria Amelie, co-founder of Startup Migrants


In the webinar, panellists will also present a study on Driving Migrant Inclusion through Social Innovation: Lessons for cities in a pandemic, conducted by the Migration Policy Institute Europe in cooperation with IOM. The research, which comes after a previous MPI-IOM joint study on models of local integration governance, explores the social innovation structures developed in the area of integration by some EU cities since the peak in migratory arrivals in 2015-2016.

The study and the webinar are part of the ADMin4ALL project, implemented by IOM and funded by the European Union. The project aims to enhance the capacity of local governments to provide more inclusive services for the successful social and economic integration of migrants.

The webinar will be public and recorded. The link to the recording of the webinar will be available on the ADMin4ALL webpage after the end of the live event.

We look forward to you participating in the discussion.

This event supports the implementation of the following Sustainable Development Goals