In recent years, many European cities have been experiencing an increased population growth, resulting from migration tendencies of people coming from different countries in and outside of Europe. As the new inhabitants’ backgrounds and profiles are highly different and diverse, so are the challenges they face in the first weeks and months upon arrival. They often need to restructure their everyday lives based on the new circumstances and find orientation in many fields, such as housing, health, labour, or education.
The main aim of MICADO is to provide assistance for newly arrived people. The project develops and implements an easy-to-use platform to access information in the relevant topics and to provide assistance in networking processes between migrants, public institutions and helping organisations.
In addition, MICADO also processes and visualises the data provided by the target groups in the form of an interactive dashboard. This novel approach helps to identify specific needs of the users, leading to the improvement of the quality of public services and a better management of resources of cities, authorities, and helping organisations.
The project – funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 framework programme and led by the HafenCity University Hamburg – applies the competence of 15 organisations from five European countries working in the domains of research, administration, and social assistance. Testing of MICADO is carried out in four European cities – in Hamburg, Bologna, Madrid, and Antwerp – but the final product will provide a flexibility that enables a successful application in many other places in Europe.
During the course of the project, simlab focuses on spatial data processing and visualisation options and provides input for technical questions under consideration of the specific challenges resulting from complex urban processes.