Call for Tender for Targeted Analysis - Territorial and Urban Potentials Connected to Migration and Refugee Flows

This activity shall contribute to raising knowledge on the territorial impact of migration and refugee flows in the Adriatic-Ionian and Danube macro-regions in order to take these aspects into account in the framework of the EUSAIR and EUSDR strategy and the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) programmes.

The main outcomes of the service should be:

  • A comprehensive overview of the recent migration and refugee flows in the Adriatic-Ionian and Danube macro-regions from a qualitative and quantitative point of view, the main driving forces of the geographical distribution of the migrants (e.g. attractiveness of specific regions and cities to migrants and refugees), the impacts on regions and complementarities (or conflicts) to the current socioeconomic challenges and opportunities.
  • Identifying and mapping typologies related to the nature and intensity of the migration and refugee flows and socioeconomic situation of the regions and cities.
  • Identification and dissemination of case studies and best practices regarding social and economic inclusion policies.
  • Policy recommendations for the macro-regions concerned, but also for cities and regions across Europe being confronted with migration and refugee inflow related challenges. The policy recommendations should focus on how different territories can overcome challenges of unpredictable and large scale inflows, manage integration and enhance the potentials in their endeavours to cope with the current migration and refugee inflows within their strategic policy and development objectives.


  1. Emilia-Romagna Region, Managing Authority of the INTERREG V B Adriatic Ionian Cooperation Programme (ADRION) (lead stakeholder)
  2. Puglia Region, Managing Authority of the INTERREG IPA CBC Programme ‘Italy, Albania, Montenegro’ 2014/2020
  3. Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, Managing Authority of the INTERREG Cooperation Programme V A ‘Italy-Slovenia’ 2014/2020
  4. Managing Authority of European Territorial Cooperation Programmes Interreg V-A ´Greece – Bulgaria´ 2014-2020, Interreg V-A ´Greece – Cyprus´ 2014-2020, Interreg V-A ´Greece – Italy´ 2014-2020, Interreg IPA CBC ´Greece – Albania´ 2014-2020, Interreg IPA CBC ´Greece – The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia´ 2014-2020, Interreg V-B ´Balkan – Mediterranean´ 2014-2020
  5. Bratislava Self Governing Region, Managing Authority of the Interact Programme
  6. Ministry for National Economy (Hungary), Managing Authority of the Danube Transnational Programme

Stakeholders’ knowledge need

  • What are the distinctive features of the new migration and refugee flows to the Adriatic-Ionian and Danube macro-regions?
  • What are the socioeconomic trends in arrival, transit and destination regions and cities?
  • What are the impacts of the migration and refugee flows on arrival, transit and destination territories at different scales (macro-regional, cross-border, regional and urban levels)?
  • What types of regions and cities are the most attractive to migrants and refugees? Are there distinct features?
  • How can integration be managed? How can integration policies be linked to already existing policies?
  • How can cohesion policy instruments best be used to boost the integration process of immigrants and refugees and to enhance social and economic inclusion? How are both emergency management and medium and long-term integration best financed? Particular attention should be given to the strategic deployment of European Structural and Investment Funds in the present programming period 2014-2020 and the delivery of the Urban Agenda Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees objectives as well as the Europe 2020 objectives of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • How can the potential of migration and refugee flows be tapped as a development factor in contributing to reducing demographic and economic imbalances? How can a balanced territorial distribution of the migration and refugee flows be better facilitated in the two macro-regions, taking into account the different geographical scales (macro-regional, national, regional, urban), in order to reduce the negative impacts and enhance the positive ones. How should a balanced distribution of migrants and refugees according to territorial needs and potential attractiveness of the territories to migrants and refugees be supported? How can policy makers improve the attractiveness of their city or region by reconciling the interests of both residents and visitors in order to best overcome the challenges of reducing increasing demographic and economic imbalances?

ESPON Projects Relevant for this Targeted Analysis




ET 2050



Policy Brief  "Territorial and urban aspects of migration and refugee inflow"


The maximum available budget for this contract is 255.000,00 EUR (two hundred and fifty five thousand Euros), exclusive of VAT but inclusive of all other taxes, disbursements, travel, accommodation and delivery costs.

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Deadline for the submission of the offers is 27 March 2017 at 11:00 (CET - Central European Time).

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