As large-scale migration towards and within Europe is becoming a norm, political leaders at the EU level try to agree on common measures, general in relation with the external borders of the EU. At the local level though, cities, local government and relevant stakeholders like providers of affordable housing in many countries are already offering solutions to the integration of refugees. However, the issue goes far beyond the refugee crisis and changes the social dynamics of the continent.
Housing Europe and its members have been vocal on the issue of integration highlighting the role of affordable housing in a context of increasing social demand and limited available financial resources. This paper intends to focus on the financial aspects of the challenge and thus provide input to the European Commission consultation for the next EU programmes in the area of migration.