MICADO is an interdisciplinary international project that involves research institutions, public authority agencies and SMEs from Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Austria, whose purpose is to co-develop a MICADO-“one-fits-all”-solution (generic solution) that can be adapted by the local actors to their respective local challenges and manage migration issues with a local solution:
The generic solution will first be piloted in the MICADO-partner cities Hamburg, Bologna, Madrid, and Antwerp, and will then eventually be modified by the local communities. The outcome of the project will empower public authorities and local communities that attend migrants and refugees from their moment of arrival in the EU with more efficient and more effective digital services. It will also support migrants and refugees by enabling essential communication, orientation, and navigation within their new life environments.
In the end, the MICADO solution shall be offered on an open-source platform and be transferable to communities in other European cities.
- Successful Integration: by exploiting advanced data science and technology, the MICADO project contributes to the successful integration of migrants into host communities, and to building up capacity for responding to future migration challenges and developments on institutional and personal levels. It helps to facilitate migrants’ access to regular social systems (e.g. housing, education, health care, labour) with more efficient and more effective digital services, thus lowering socio-economic effort expenditure in migrant integration, both for host economies and individuals.
- Empowerment: MICADO empowers Public Authorities (i.e. local authorities in charge of managing the reception systems in the local contexts) and local communities that attend migrants from their moment of arrival in the EU. Also, MICADO empowers migrants – mainly but not exclusively asylum-seekers and refugees – by enabling essential communication, orientation, and navigation within their new life environments.
- Social Cohesion: MICADO helps to strengthen cohesion in local societies and communities by involving end- users in the development of migrant integration services early-on. By delivering valuable information to all relevant stakeholders and funnelling added value in all directions, it builds up trust and contributes to a fact-based perception of migration issues.