Some of the larger research projects have their own website:


Zie: website PERCEPTIONS

The Horizon2020 project ‘PERCEPTIONS - Understand the Impact of Novel Technologies and Social Media on Perceptions of Europe in Countries Abroad’ aims to identify and understand narratives, imaginations and perceptions of the EU – held outside of Europe – and the way they are distributed via various channels. Furthermore, it investigates how the information flow might be distorted and how false narratives might lead to security threats. Based on this knowledge, the project will create toolkits of creative and innovative measures to react to or even counteract on them considering social, societal and structural aspects.


Zie: website MICADO

In 'MICADO: Migrant Integration Cockpits and Dashboards', experts from public administration, migration research, and IT create an EU-wide applicable business intelligence solution in support of migrant arrival and participation processes, and pilot it in Antwerp, Bologna, Hamburg, and Madrid. The solution leverages existing and new data to design attractive digital services for three user groups: 1) public authorities for labour, health, education and housing, 2) engaged civic society, and 3) migrants and refugees. Added value is generated by a) delivery of customized information and services via user-centric interfaces (dashboards, cockpits); b) gathering of data consensually provided by migrants and helpers in their cockpits; c) creation of strategic operational knowledge through data analysis and visualisation; and d) direct communication and data exchange between involved stakeholders and institutions. Key technical elements are chatbot language interfaces and automatic translation services for the migrants’ cockpit, which facilitate access to integration services, communication with authorities, and data acquisition.


Zie: website ACCORD

ACCORD - Attain Cultural integration through COnflict Resolution skill Development



The EU funded project RACCOMBAT meets the necessity to seek tools and mechanisms to prevent and combat racism and xenophobia against non-nationals throughout their whole integration in society. An important part of that process is social orientation supposed to ensure that participants build in well in host societies to their own and society’s benefit. Integration and orientation should take place in full observance of fundamental rights and legal obligations of all parties. Thus, participants should be given knowledge about those and the acts of hatred they may encounter, learn to recognise such acts and be aware of all legal tools offered by the host state.


Cohousing and case management for Unaccompanied young adult Refugees in ANTwerp (CURANT) (2016 – 2019)


Within the refugee population, unaccompanied minors constitute the most vulnerable group, for which European and international standards offer care and protection. However, when these minors reach the age of adulthood (+18), they are no longer able to benefit from subsidized shelter, mandatory integration courses, enrollment in reception classes, customized trainings, and the support from a legal guardian. By definition this vulnerable group of young adults is unqualified, not in education, employment and training, and develops into protracted dependence of social welfare.

The CURANT consortium radically wants to break with this reality, by means of three innovations to be 'tested' on a selection of minimum 75 and maximum 135 unaccompanied young adult refugees:

  1. Cohousing with volunteer buddies (not only for reasons of shelter, but as a means to sustainable 1on1 integration).
  2. Circular integrated individual trajectories (focused on activation, education, independent living, language, leisure, social integration and psychological counseling), with intensive follow up by means of individual case management.
  3. Theory driven evaluation, allowing for the measurement of the impact of cohousing schemes and the circular approach on the integration of the target group.

In the context of a tight housing market, the cohousing schemes will require substantial investments in suitable real estate, aiming at the purchase, renovation and rent of in total 75 cohousing units.

The University of Antwerp and its research centers (including CeMIS) have a close working relationship with the city of Antwerp. In the drafting process of the CURANT proposal, CeMIS delivered all necessary input for its contribution to the Work Packages it is involved in. During the interactive workshop (4 March 2016) leading up to the proposal submission, all partners involved including CeMIS agreed on the project scope, partner contributions, and Work Package deliverables and output.

Next to contributing to all project management related tasks, CeMIS will lead the implementation Work Package on 'Evaluation', and will also be intensively involved in the Work Package on 'Communication'. The evaluation will feed into the content of the project's communication activities, and all CeMIS publications (in particular evaluation reports and fact sheets) will be disseminated through the project web page.

CeMIS Researchers

The Projects costs €6,117,879.00. Each partner pays 20% of his own budget. OCMW Antwerp receives  a subsidy of €4,894,303.32 from the Urban Innovative Actions Fund/ EC.

CeMIS is in charge of the evaluation study of CURANT. The output of this study can be found here:

More information on CURANT can be found here:

Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU ( (2013 - 2018)


The project presents a comprehensive, intersectional and gender sensitive approach of the issue of Early School Leaving (ESL) in Europe aiming at in-depth analyses of existing data and the collection of new empirical data in order to innovate educational systems at the European, national and regional level.

The EU benchmark for the decrease of ESL rates is set at 10% for 2020, yet trends in different countries show this goal will be difficult to achieve, making recommendations and tools sustaining policy makers a priority in this project.

Policy Research Centre on Integration (2012 - 2016)


The Policy Research Centre on Integration is an initiative of the Flemish Government, and it is one of the 21 current Policy Research Centres.

With a term from 2012-2015, this Centre was founded to provide scientific support to Flemish policymakers, in order to help them respond rapidly, proactively and adequately to societal developments and challenges.

Topics related to integration and civic integration are studied in an independent, open, broad and in-depth manner within several important social domains. In addition to addressing the situation and experiences of ‘new’ and ‘old migrants’, the research projects also study individuals and groups of native origin living within the ‘host’ society.

Imaging Europe from the Outside (EUMAGINE) (2010 - 2013)


The EUMAGINE project involved more than thirty researchers in seven countries who worked to understand how people in Morocco, Senegal, Turkey and Ukraine related to the possibility of migration. We specifically explored how perceptions of human rights and democracy affected migration aspirations.