“Mobile Identities: Migration and Integration in Transnational Communities” is a project funded by the European Commission within the Integration Fund for Third-Country Nationals with a duration of 18 months (Jan 2014-Jun 2015). This project focus is on temporary/circular migration in EU countries. The project is designed to consider implications of temporary migration programs in a variety of national settings: economic, social, political, cultural and psychological factors.
Project activities – which include desk and field research as well as workshops with key stakeholders - are carried out in 5 EU countries (Germany, Holland, Spain, UK and Italy). They involve 3 more countries (Albania, Morocco and Poland) as associate partners.
Mobile Identities intends to compare temporary migration policies, their implementation and outcome, over the five partners countries: Germany, Holland, Spain, UK and Italy. In particular, the project will focus on the well-being of temporary migrants and the positive and negative effects of their temporary migration on sending and receiving countries.
Evidence is gathered through interviews with policymakers and other stakeholders (e.g., trade and labour unions, migrant associations, foundations) and as well as through case histories of individual migrants involved in temporary/circular migration in each partner country.
The project foresees also workshops – both national and international – for stakeholders and researchers in order to discuss research findings and develop policy recommendations at national as well as EU level.
In the medium term the project is expected to contribute to improvements in temporary/circular migrants’ integration and participation in society, both in the country of origin and arrival countries, while also promoting migrants’ well-being.
The Spanish case is being handled by the Institute of Government and Public Policies (IGOP), an interdisciplinary research institute that belongs to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).