UGAIN Newsletter Summer 2018 

Urban Gardens for the social integration of Migrants (UGAIN) is a partnership project to encourage social integration of migrants and refugees through community and intercultural gardens. These green spaces provide a great opportunity for people from different cultures to get know each other in a peaceful, safe and active environment that enhances their

The Partners are anstiftung -Germany, Asociación Cantabria Acoge-Spain, Folkuniversitetet-Sweden, Social Farms & Gardens-UK, Technische Universität München (project coordinator)-Germany, Verein Gartenpolylog-Austria and On Projects based in Spain who are project managing UGAIN. 

  • UGAIN Aims

    To encourage and support the use of urban and community gardens as a meeting point for social integration and guidance of migrants. 

  • To share knowledge and good practices. 

  • To provide a common ground for interaction between migrants and the local population, which will help grow cultural understanding
    and acceptance.

  • To empower migrants, by providing them with skills that will make them more attractive to potential employers and allow them better access to social services in their receiving country. 

Project Meetings

A kick-off meeting took place in December 2017 at Freising University near Munich, enabling the partnering countries from Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom to meet one another for the first time. 

A presentation from each partner enabled everyone to get a clear understanding of the work they do in their respective countries. The group also looked at the current research available on working with migrants in community managed gardens and the role they can play in social integration as a place to empower people and improved self-confidence.

In May 2018, a second meeting took place in Santander in Spain to discuss the findings related to social integration of refugees and migrants in community and urban gardens across the partnering countries.  The partners reviewed the current situation in each country in terms of social inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers in community gardens, and developed materials for case studies (training and empowerment of refugees and migrants) during the meeting. The hosting partner Asociación Cantabria Acoge provided practical insight into local urban gardens through a visit to the Urban Garden in Santander where we had the privilege to meet the mayor of the city.   

The next UGAIN meeting is scheduled for October in Vienna. 

Project Outcomes from Summary Report

In Europe, the number of community and intercultural gardens is steadily increasing. These gardens are considered as a form of active citizenship. Community and intercultural gardens create respectful, multicultural networks and contribute to an open-minded society. The garden projects facilitate informal learning through horticultural activities, arts and crafts, food sharing and fieldtrips dedicated to horticulture or local history.

With the support of government
and non-government organisations, formal education opportunities are sometimes created. Empowerment and increasing people’s skills are the outcomes of these opportunities. The gardens offer migrants, refugees and socially disadvantaged people more confidence, experience and support in their life situation. 

Case Studies
Each country is currently getting case studies to share with the project consortium to highlight best practice in gardens in the partnering countries. The case studies focus on garden management, profiles of the gardeners and on strategies and activities to foster empowerment of refugees and migrants. The case studies aim to find cross-national similarities and differences concerning empowerment and social inclusion. 


UGAIN is supported by partnering organisations from across Europe who are united in their mission to transform green spaces into meeting points for local citizens and migrants, fostering social integration and cultural change.  

If you have projects in your country that would be interested in becoming involved in UGAIN, please ask them to email us via the contact form at
 and we will keep them informed of new developments within the UGAIN project. 

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