How can European migration, between countries and within countries between regions, contribute to the development of vulnerable regions in Europe? This is the central question of project Premium_EU (Policy REcommendations to Maximise the beneficial Impact of Unexplored Mobilities in and beyond the European Union), which is financed by Horizon Europe.
The key goal of Premium_EU is the development of a Regional Policy Dashboard for national and regional policy makers to help them in the formulation of new policies aimed at the potential of migration to enhance the development of vulnerable regions. The Dashboard combines all available knowledge of three domains in three modules: the Mobility Module, the Regional Development Effects Module, and the Policy Module.
- The Mobility Module includes both past trends and projections and scenarios, in addition to new mobility estimates based on data from social media usage, such as LinkedIn and Facebook. The module also includes qualitative information from case studies on specific types of mobility groups, such as Polish seasonal workers, or Turkish migrants to EU countries. These trends, projections and case studies will be summarized in a regional typology on the basis of the mobility profile of the region.
- In the Regional Development Effects Module all available data on regional development is summarized in a regional development typology, where regional development is interpreted much broader than economic development. Using causal models the role of regional mobility in regional development will be established.
- In the Policy Module all possible forms of regional policies will be collected and linked to the mobility- and regional development characteristics of the region.
The Dashboard integrates these modules so that a policy maker, on the basis of the unique mobility and regional development profile of his or her region is able to make an evidence based choice out of a relevant set of policy options. Users of the Dashboard will also be able to add their experiences to the Dashboard, so that other users can benefit from their knowledge.
Premium_EU is a consortium of researchers of various European research organizations. The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague, coordinates the project, and the partners are the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Nordregio in Stockholm, Statistics Denmarks, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Oslo Metropolitan University, the Economic University of Cracow, the Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics (CED) in Barcelona, Hacetteppe University in Ankara, and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock. The project will start in the spring of 2023 and will run for three years.