Migration and urban development - How urban development can benefit from economic activities of migrants

The project “Migrant economies as a potential for urban and regional development” (funded by the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG): started in February 2014 for a 2.5 year period) deals with the relationship between migrant economies and spatial development processes.

The potentials of migrant economies – e.g. creation of jobs, social cohesion of neighbourhoods and positive influence on cities’ and regions’ economic growth – are still largely absent in spatial development concepts and strategies. This applies in particular to non-metropolitan regions. MiPoStaR examines the role of and ideas on how to ‘valorise’ migrant economies in local development strategies, taking two peripheral regions as an example. Next to the local government’s handling of migrant entrepreneurs, the mutual perception of local authority representatives and trade associations on the one hand and stakeholders from the migrant economies on the other hand shall be analysed.

The research project aims at:
- establishing options and limits of including migrant economies in local and regional development strategies,
- highlighting strengths and weaknesses of local and regional governance patterns concerning the support of migrant entrepreneurs,
- developing general recommendations on how to address migrant-dominated economies more successfully in spatial development processes.

The project addresses a twofold research gap: Firstly, the local and regional dimensions of migrant economies and, secondly, the importance of migrant entrepreneurs beyond major migrant destinations.

Along with the predominant understanding in research, MiPoStaR defines ‘migrant economies’ as the self-employment of people with a ‘migration background’, including their successor generation. Additionally, the term encompasses dependent employment arrangements in businesses run by a person with a ‘migration background’.

Principal Investigators
Nuissl, Henning Prof. Dr. (Details) (Applied Geography / Urban and Regional Planning)

Duration of Project
Start date: 09/2011
End date: 12/2015

Liste der wichtigsten Publikationen aus diesem Projekt:
a) Veröffentlichungen in Publikationsorganen mit wissenschaftlicher Qualitätssicherung
Räuchle, Charlotte (2016): Migrantische Ökonomien in kleineren Großstädten : Governance und Inwertsetzung im Kontext neoliberaler Stadtpolitiken. In: Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde 90 (2): 135-156.
Räuchle, Charlotte (2018): Migration als urbane Ressource? Soziale Deutungsmuster lokaler Governance-Akteure im Vergleich. In: Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft 12 (1), doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12286-017-0370-9.
Räuchle, Charlotte; Schmiz, Antonie (2018): Migrant economies: opportunity structures and potential in different city types. In: Ethnic and Racial Studies (im Druck), doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2018.1506143.
Räuchle, Charlotte; Nuissl, Henning (2019): Migrant economies beyond metropolitan cities: A context-sensitive case study. In: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie (angenommen, im Erscheinen).
Räuchle, Charlotte; Nuissl, Henning (2019): Migrantische Ökonomien zwischen Potentialorientierung und Differenzmarkierung. Konzeption und Erträge eines ‚prä-postmigrantischen‘ Forschungsgegenstands. In: Geographica Helvetica (angenommen, im Erscheinen).
b) Sonstige Publikationen
Krayem, Saria: Syrian Entrepreneurs in Germany Beyond The Metropolitan Gateways: Rostock and Braunschweig. Eingereicht bei: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.
Räuchle, Charlotte, Isabella Stingl und Henning Nuissl (2017): Migrantische Ökonomien als Potential für die Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung. Arbeitsbericht 193, Geographisches Institut der HU Berlin, Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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