Hosting Refugees in Mountain Areas as a new Form of Social Innovation

Perlik, Manfred (2019). Hosting Refugees in Mountain Areas as a new Form of Social Innovation. In: 7TH CIRIEC INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL ECONOMY (CIRIEC). easychair

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“Social innovation“ has become a buzzword and sometimes it seems that it is the successor of the famous “best practices”. In fact it is sometimes hard to distinghuish what is really a social innovation.The presentation argues that hosting migrants in mountain areas is a real social innovation as it it is a statement against the current tendencies of isolation and xenophobia in Europe and may help in the long run to stabilize fragile municipalities and regions in its peripheral regions. In this sense, it could counteract increasing territorial cleavages between mountains and plains, and between rural and metropolitan areas. The paper presents three examples from the Italian Alps. Experiences from the other Alpine countries will be added in the oral presentation. The paper concludes that hosting migrants may be favourable for regions and migrants. The new situation may create a laboratory situation to develop new forms of cooperation in sparsely populated areas.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Perlik, Manfred Rudolf




[UNSPECIFIED] European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Grant Agreement No 677622


[UNSPECIFIED] [1037] SIMRA - Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas
[UNSPECIFIED] [804] Socio-Economic-Transition




Manfred Rudolf Perlik

Date Deposited:

28 Apr 2020 07:57

Last Modified:

19 Feb 2021 15:38

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Social Innovation, Migration, Refugees, Regional Development, Mountain areas, Alps




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