Whole-COMM proposes an innovative whole-of-community approach to the analysis of the integration of post-2014 migrants in small and medium-sized towns and rural areas (SMTR). By adopting a whole-of-community analytical lens and conducting a systematic cross-country/cross-locality and mixed-methods comparative study, Whole-COMM aims to contribute to: 1) the advancement of scientific knowledge and theorisation on the key dynamics and mechanisms that shape the relation between immigrant integration policy and community cohesion or fragmentation; and 2) to innovating the policy debate by empirically testing the feasibility of integration policies that do not target only migrants but engage all the relevant actors and E and aim at strengthening community cohesion and resilience. On the practical and policy action plan, the new comparative knowledge generated by Whole-COMM will innovate the policy debate by empirically testing the feasibility of integration policies that do not target only migrants but reach out to all relevant actors and stakeholders and aim to strengthen community cohesion and resilience.


Projektzeitraum 01.01.2021 - 31.03.2024
Fördergeber EU
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Department für Migration und Globalisierung

Zentrum für Migrations- und Globalisierungsforschung

Projekt­verantwortung (Universität für Weiterbildung Krems) Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Albert Kraler
Mag. Tamara Kerschbaumer


Faustmann, A.; Kraler, A. (2023). “Places change and so do we” – how intergroup encounter can help create empathy. Collegio Carlo Alberto, Whole-Comm Blogs, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turino

Irastorza, N.; Yavcan, B., with Faustman, A.; Kraler, A; Pettrachin, A.; Enssle Reinhardt, F.; Solano, G. (2023). Public Opinions and Policy Impact on Integration and Social Cohesion. Work Package 6. Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turino

Kilic, H.; Kerschbaumer, T.; Skrivanek, I.; Kraler, A.; Khoury, C.; Faustmann, A. (2023). Social relations, individual attitudes and migrant integration experiences in small and medium-sized towns and rural areas in Austria. Country report on policy outcomes. Collegio Carlo Alberto, Whole-COMM Country Reports on Integration., Turino

Skrivanek, I.; Kerschbaumer, I.; Kilic, H.; Kraler, A. (2022). Immigrant integration in small and mediumsized towns and rural areas: local policies and policymaking relations in Austria. Country Reports on multilevel dynamics. Collegio Carlo Alberto

Skrivanek, I.; Kerschbaumer, T.; Kilic, H.; Kraler, A. (2022). Post-2014 migrants' access to housing, employment and other crucial resources in small- and medium-sized towns and rural areas in Austria. Country Reports on integration. Collegio Carlo Alberto


Wie die Arbeitsmarktintegration von Geflüchteten gelingen kann

Integrationskonferenz des Landes Oberösterreich zum Thema „Sprache als Grundlage für eine gelungene Integration in den Arbeitsmarkt“, 01.06.2023

Arrival infrastructures, weak and strong ties, and different temporalities of refugee presence in small and medium-sizend localities in Austria (EN)

Globalisation of Frontiers – Frontiers of Globalisation: Migration between global crises and local dynamics. 7th Biennial Conference on Migration Rese, 26.09.2022

Complementary or integrated or both? The role of non-governmental and civil society organisations in the governance of integration at the local level.

ECPR General Confrence, 22.08.2022

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