migration & integration

Cities have long been attractive destinations for migrants, and international migrants have become a common feature of European cities today. 

Successful migration policies work in two ways: ensuring that migrants are welcomed into the host society whilst also ensuring the host society’s services and policies are adapted to a diverse population.

Our working group on migration and integration works to gain recognition for the important role of local authorities in fostering migrant integration through a multilevel governance system.

We have a strong track record of mutual learning between cities on migrant integration, and our working group allows cities to share knowledge and exchange ideas.

We also helped to set up a European Commission database of good practices on integration policies, available here.

Since 2007, we have been leading projects for migration and integration in cities: INTI-Cities, DIVE, MIXITIES and most recently, ImpleMentoring launched in 2012, have received funding from the INTI-programme and the European Integration Fund.

Our series of Integrating Cities conferences, launched in 2006, are another opportunity for cities, national governments and the EU institutions to discuss migrant integration in cities.

We launched our Integrating Cities Charter in 2010 to encourage local authorities to ensure equal opportunities and non-discrimination for all citizens in their roles as policy makers, service providers, employers and buyers of goods and services. So far, 27 European cities have signed the charter, which is complemented by a process of monitoring and peer learning.

To find out more about our work on migrant integration, please visit our Integrating Cities website, www.integratingcities.eu.

  •  culture

case study

publication date: 27-09-2016

  •  culture

case study

publication date: 27-09-2016

  •  culture

case study

publication date: 27-09-2016

  •  culture

case study

publication date: 27-09-2016

  •  culture

case study

publication date: 27-09-2016

  •  culture

case study

publication date: 27-09-2016

  •  culture

Guidelines for cities on the role of integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

New guidelines prepared by our Access to culture working group highlight the possibilities offered by cultural policies for the integration of newcomers and all residents of a migrant background, irrespective of their formal status. They also provide recommendations to cities on developing a long-term strategy on culture for the integration of migrants.

publication

publication date: 27-09-2016

  •  culture

New guidelines on role of culture in migrant and refugee integration

New guidelines prepared by our working group on access to culture highlight the possibilities offered by cultural policies for the integration of newcomers and all residents of a migrant background, irrespective of their formal status.

news

publication date: 27-09-2016

Launch of Global Parliament of Mayors

Mayors from over 75 cities around the world met in The Hague over the weekend to launch a new platform for cities to address global challenges.

news

publication date: 12-09-2016

  •  cooperation

Pact of Amsterdam

The Dutch EU presidency secured an agreement on the Pact of Amsterdam, establishing an urban agenda for the EU, during the 30 May informal Council meeting on urban matters. This shows important political recognition of the role of cities in the EU, providing a new framework for their involvement in developing and implementing EU policy.

publication

publication date: 03-08-2016