Sad as it is, polls show that fear related to the increasing number of migrants fleeing their home countries and searching for a better future in the European Union fuelled the victory of the “Leave” choice in the United Kingdom.

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Xenophobic and Eurosceptic movements played their part into fear mongering; however, the EU was not able to show the causes of the phenomenon, as well as the benefits for the community where migrants successfully integrated – and integrate.

Integration is undoubtedly a two-way process, which today needs a new perspective. Europe shows alarming levels of urban fragmentation, inequality and structural socio-spatial divisions within our cities, feeding extremism and radicalisation. Most vulnerable people are often bound to concentrate in disadvantaged areas where social exclusion and deprivation usually overlap with multi-ethnicity, which further challenges social cohesion. Increasingly marginalized and stigmatised, these areas and their inhabitants are pushed into a vicious circle of poverty.

In this context, and through a bottom-up approach to raise local awareness on the urgent need to establish new connections among inhabitants of marginalized neighbourhoods and those of central areas, ALDA launched the new project URGENT – Urban Regeneration: European Network of Towns. The project, co-funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, brings together local authorities and civil society organisations from 10 different countries in wider Europe to exchange knowledge and good practice and act at the local level to tackle the growing fear of immigration.

URGENT will create spaces of discussion and mutual learning among citizens from different socio-cultural backgrounds, tackling the fear of immigration. Fear which can lead to poor choices and to very dangerous scenarios for all of us.

Useful links:
Read more on URGENT project

Sad as it is, polls show that fear related to the increasing number of migrants fleeing their home countries and searching for a better future in the European Union fuelled the victory of the “Leave” choice in the United Kingdom.

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Xenophobic and Eurosceptic movements played their part into fear mongering; however, the EU was not able to show the causes of the phenomenon, as well as the benefits for the community where migrants successfully integrated – and integrate.

Integration is undoubtedly a two-way process, which today needs a new perspective. Europe shows alarming levels of urban fragmentation, inequality and structural socio-spatial divisions within our cities, feeding extremism and radicalisation. Most vulnerable people are often bound to concentrate in disadvantaged areas where social exclusion and deprivation usually overlap with multi-ethnicity, which further challenges social cohesion. Increasingly marginalized and stigmatised, these areas and their inhabitants are pushed into a vicious circle of poverty.

In this context, and through a bottom-up approach to raise local awareness on the urgent need to establish new connections among inhabitants of marginalized neighbourhoods and those of central areas, ALDA launched the new project URGENT – Urban Regeneration: European Network of Towns. The project, co-funded by the programme Europe for Citizens, brings together local authorities and civil society organisations from 10 different countries in wider Europe to exchange knowledge and good practice and act at the local level to tackle the growing fear of immigration.

URGENT will create spaces of discussion and mutual learning among citizens from different socio-cultural backgrounds, tackling the fear of immigration. Fear which can lead to poor choices and to very dangerous scenarios for all of us.

Useful links:
Read more on URGENT project