How the current migration situation in the EU is having an impact on local communities

Providing adequate and affordable housing for migrants remains one of the main challenges for local communities, according to the Agency’s latest focus report on the migration situation in the EU.

It looked at how the presence of large numbers of people needing international protection affects local communities in terms of housing, education, the local economy and social responses. While numbers are falling in most locations looked at in 2017 compared to 2016, challenges remain. These include: tackling negative social responses; supporting (social) integration; providing education and healthcare, and addressing the transition from education to employment.

FRA already published a report on the impact of migration on local communities in July 2016. This updated version examines how the situation has developed in the seven Member States covered previously (Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Sweden). It also assesses the situation in the seven additional Member States currently covered by the Agency’s overviews (Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Spain).