Migration and Urban Development

Migrants move to urban areas and to smaller municipalities where they bring diversity but also connect localities within and across state borders. A key message from the World Migration Report 2015 is that urban partnerships among, for instance, migrant groups, local governments, civil society and the private sector are central to addressing the challenges and optimizing the opportunities presented by the growing trend of migration towards cities.

This comparative project focused on how cities receive and prepare for immigrants, including persons of varying legal statuses, and the effect on local and regional development.

    Comparative studies across Mistra Urban Futures local interaction platforms (LIPs) aimed to understand the challenges and opportunities that migration presents in the face of sustainable urban development.

    Questions presenting opportunities for collaborative research included:

    • How can cities plan for and adapt to mobility and fluidity?
    • How is temporality perceived on different scales?
    • How do new migrants access urban resources and navigate an (trans-local) inclusion?
    • How do migrants’ agency shape and contribute to cities?
    • How to combat unequal access to the city – in terms of citizenship, boarder control and ethnic/racial discrimination?
    • What does the interconnection between the urban and rural look like in terms of migration? Who moves to urban areas and why?

    For further information on the research as it evolved, view the project on the international Mistra Urban Futures website.