On Tuesday, 19th May, MPI Europe hosted the closed roundtable 'Rethinking Social Inclusion Policy for a Hypermobile, Superdiverse Age', bringing together a wide range of actors - from local civil society, and local and regional government, to Brussels-based associations and EU institutions - to discuss the threats and opportunities to social inclusion in an era where populations are increasingly diverse and mobile.
Particularly fruitful was the exchange between those responsible for EU policy and funding, and those involved in the 'frontline' fight against social exclusion in cities around the EU. Dialogue emerged as a key word, with intent on the part of the Commission to explore both innovative ways of engaging with local actors and increased coordination between various instruments within the institution.
The roundtable precedes the final event of Project UPSTREAM, a conference to be held in Brussels on June 18th, details of which will be posted here and on the website of MPI Europe in the coming days. As well as a reflection on project findings, the public event will offer a forward-looking discussion on the future of integration policy at an EU and urban level.