Interview about the MERGING project
Centre on Global Migration (CGM) conducted an interview with Alexandra Bousiou and Andrea Spehar to get a deeper insight into the objectives, contributions, challenges, and the future of the MERGING project. Alexandra Bousiou is a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Global Studies (SGS), university of Gothenburg, and Andrea Spehar is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of CGM at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In this page you will get more information about the MERGING project. You are also welcome to contact Alexandra and Andrea with further questions.
Thank you Alexandra and Andrea for taking the time to do this interview about the Merging project.
Q1: Would you please describe the project’s objectives and goals?
- There is lack of affordable housing possibilities for newcomers, especially refugees, and that is a key issues we want to analyze. Our aim is to compare experiences of different countries and local communities to find out what are the best practices and what are the barriers for immigrants. We want to achieve inclusive and innovative practices for the integration of recently arrived migrants in local communities.
- Our goal is to bring to the forefront the role of housing in migrants’ integration and social inclusion. We will begin with an overview of the policies and practices around immigrants’ housing in different European countries. At the second level we will build on this knowledge to develop three pilot housing projects in France, Sweden and Spain in order to suggest more sustainable integration processes and housing policies for migrants. We will also delve into the various strategies that different stakeholders are using to approach this policy issue from politicians to civil servants, architects, NGOs and migrants. We are also interested in how these actors interact with each other. Who do they collaborate with and how they form networks in pursuing their goals.