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GLIMER is delighted to announce the launch of our project film, 'GLIMER (Governance and the Local Integration of Migrants and Europe’s Refugees)', illustrating our findings on accommodation, language provision, labour market integration and gender inequality across our case studies of asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland, Sweden, Italy and Cyprus, accessible via our GLIMER YouTube channel.

The film is available to watch with subtitles in English, Swedish, Italian and Greek.

'When asylum seekers and refugees arrive in a new country, they are expected to "integrate".

However, many of the systems that are meant to help them instead create environments which make it difficult to do so, and obscure access to services and opportunities.

Integration remains the responsibility of central governments, however, municipalities, third sector organisations, and local communities are working together to increase the support, solidarity, and services available to migrants.

The GLIMER project worked with governments and these organisations in Italy, Sweden, Cyprus, and Scotland to investigate how these local projects complement central government policies and to find out which initiatives are successful'.

- GLIMER film, 2020

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'For asylum seekers and refugees, some of the main barriers to integration include housing, language education and the labour market, along with gender discrimination and structural racism. Left unaddressed, these significantly impact their ability to access and participate in society.

Tailored, local responses help alleviate the difficulties faced by displaced migrants. What the GLIMER project has shown is that, given the opportunities, and with the right policies in place, they can thrive'.

- GLIMER film, 2020

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GLIMER Language justice
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GLIMER housing

(Images credit: Images designed by Tom Morris.)


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Over the next four years we will be running a series of ongoing engagement events and range of activities.

The current ‘migration crisis’ presents openings as well as challenges.

The aim of GLIMER is to generate research that will help European cities and regions facilitate the long term inclusion of displaced people in a way that remakes local spaces.