Contact person:
Haodong Qi
Responsible at MaU:
Haodong Qi
Project members at MaU:
Collaborators :
  • Universite Lyon 3 - Jean Moulin (Coordinator)
  • Lyon ingenierie projects
  • Quatorze
  • Universite de Rennes 1
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna
  • Universitat de Valencia
  • Göteborgs universitet
  • Social Business Earth SAGL
  • Collectif D'Echanges pour la Technologie Appropriee ASBL
Time frame:
01 January 2021 - 31 December 2023

Project description

The MERGING project is an interdisciplinary study of migrant integration through participatory housing initiatives. The project brings together 7 disciplines from 10 partners to test an innovative approach aiming to facilitate and ensure the sustainability of migrants’ integration process.

MERGING reviews existing knowledge, integration policies and initiatives across macro (EU migration policies), meso (regional economic & social systems) and micro (individual practices) levels in which housing occupies a prominent place. To ensure the success and the sustainability of the project, both immigrants, hosts, volunteers, NGOs, companies, citizens will be involved in the construction (or renovation) of housing.

The innovative, multi-method approach (e.g. interviews, focus groups, policy analyses, quantitative data analysis and participatory action research) provides in depth analyses of:

  1. the long-term effects of participatory housing initiatives.
  2. factors fostering or hindering integration processes of migrants and access to civic rights in local communities.
  3. how diverse stakeholders can support migrants by strengthening their socio-economic integration through participatory initiatives (notably the ones related to housing).