NATIONAL MINORITIES IN REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Throughout its work in the field of minority issues, the ECMI had the chance to observe and analyse the peaceful and prosperous development of minority-majority relations in many regions across Europe. These positive relations are often intimately linked to the quality of life in the region and the socio-economic well-being of its inhabitants. However, when it comes to regional development, the true potential of minorities is often untapped and remains under-researched. Mostly living in peripheral and border regions, their strategic and structured involvement in regional development activities and bridge building is especially important and could be a tool to increase social cohesion. By combining three fields of research (Regional Development, Border Region Studies and Minority Studies), the ECMI aims to explore the role of minorities in regional development, particularly in border regions.