Enhancing Social Cohesion through Sharing the Cultural Heritage of Forced Migrations

SO-CLOSE is a three-year project created to contribute to social cohesion and fight refugee marginalization or exclusion by facilitating the encounters between similar life stories, through the mediation of innovative digital and artistic tools.

Based on theories of cultural heritage-making, SO-CLOSE will improve social cohesion and promote mutual understanding between refugees and their local communities.

Lund University leads Work Package 4 (WP4): Implementation & Validation 

The main goal of WP4 is to implement and validate the digital tools resulting from the work in previous WP's in four distinct locations:

The specific objectives are:

  • To implement and test the digital toolboxes in several locations.
  • To document the process of local adaptation, local content co-creation and testing
  • To generate co-created content that fills the digital tool "shells" designed in WP3
  • To address the on-site problems that might occur and include them in a troubleshooting section of the how-to manual
  • To evaluate the quality of the tools and the process


Learn more about SO-CLOSE in this introductory video. Various subtitles are available in the settings.


Policy roundtable on "Co-designing an inclusive Europe", March 1st, 2022

SO-CLOSE is organizing, together with nine other Horizon-2020 projects, a joint policy roundtable to bring together researchers, practitioners, journalists, and policy-makers. Together with representatives of the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament, as well as associations representing refugees and migrants, we will discuss the potential of re-interpreting existing narratives, to present good practices resulting from the ongoing projects, and to inform political decision-making processes. The event will  take place on March 1st, 2022 in Brussels, as well as online. To join the event digitally, please register here.

Including migrants in the European Union has not been a uniform process and has revealed several obstacles in the path of making the inclusion of people on the move efficient, humane, and dignified. This roundtable aims at sharing the findings from ten Horizon2020 projects on legal protection of refugees and migrants, on the (economic, cultural, political) impact of their presence on local, regional, or European constituencies, on innovative solutions to enhancing cohesion, and on the role of domestic agents. To find out more, have a look at the event's home page.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870939.


Duration: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022
EU Contribution: € 3 040 282,97
Anamaria Dutceac Segesten

WP4 Leader 

Eleonora Narvselius


Lili Nottrott

Research Project Assistant


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Volume 1 Forced displacements: A European History by Javier Rodrigo and Miguel Alonso (2021)

Volume 2From so far to so close: Stories from the present and the past by Dominika Kasprowicz and Karolina Hess (eds.) (2021)

Video - From So Far to SoClose in Bologna

Leaflet -Toolbox

Report - Policy Roundtable Inclusive Europe 2022

Brochure - Policy Recommendations Inclusive Europe 2022

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