The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, in short EUSBSR, held its 10th annual forum in Gdanks, Poland, from 12 to 13 June. The forum discussed topics related to the future of the Baltic Sea Region with a focus on demographic changes along with the circular and sharing economy.

As part of the forum a seminar with the title “Recognising potential – easing the way for migrants” was held. The project PlurAlps was invited to this seminar to share its experiences from the Alpine Region with practitioners and policy makers from the Baltic Sea Region.

The seminar offered an ideal setting to exchange ideas and approaches between the EU macro-regional strategies regarding the integration of migrants. The participants of the seminar showed particular interest in how an Interreg funded project like PlurAlps that works with partners from six countries can engage in the topic of migration.

The participants also discussed the idea of a joint European flagship project on integration that would be coordinated between the EU macro-regional strategies. The participants were invited to further discuss this idea during the upcoming European Forum on Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Hamburg on 24 and 25 October 2019.