Unexpected and difficult management of the influx of people from Central and Eastern Europe in cities of the Benelux and neighbouring regions

EUKN, 2011


In 2011, the EUKN published the working paper in which cities were invited to participate. This working paper has been served as the basis for the Experts meeting in Brussels, April 28, 2011. It has been elaborated with the contribution of the Benelux General Secretariat, the EUKN, the Knowledge Center for Flemish Cities and CIPU.

The first chapter is devoted to the explanation of the European context of intra-European migration, with a focus on the free movement of labor migrants. National and regional policy contexts of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium are described in the second chapter. As for the third chapter, the absorption capacity of cities is analyzed in five sub-areas, selected by cities as priority themes:

1. Housing (living);

2. Participation in the labor process (work);

3. Training and education (knowledge);

4. Public services (homeless shelter, care or social benefits); and

5. The perceptions of insecurity (nuisance).

Finally, the last chapter provides a first analysis of the challenges for the management of the influx or migrants.