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.

New report on integration of refugees and asylum seekers through education

Launched today, our new report looks at the experiences of 26 major European cities and identifies trends, success factors and good practices.


publication date: 17-01-2017

Cities' actions for the education of refugees and asylum seekers

Our new report looks at how cities are using education as a means to integrate refugees and asylum seekers.


publication date: 16-01-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

Anna Lisa Boni: 30 years of EUROCITIES and counting

As our 30th anniversary year comes to an end, Anna Lisa Boni reflects on 30 years of EUROCITIES, and we present our video report of activities.


publication date: 20-12-2016

  •  mobility

Education for refugees and asylum seekers - Open Society grant

EUROCITIES will receive funding from the Open Society Foundations to organise two mentoring visits in 2017 on the theme of education for asylum seekers and refugees in cities.


publication date: 16-12-2016

CityMetric: What can cities teach us about radicalisation?

Anna Lisa Boni writes in CityMetric on the lessons cities can teach us about tackling radicalisation.


publication date: 06-12-2016

  •  economy

Lessons from our economic development forum

Our latest economic development forum explored long-term migrant integration through local economic activities.


publication date: 05-12-2016

EUROCITIES contribution to the consultation on a European Pillar of Social Rights

EUROCITIES has finalised its report contributing to the European Commission’s consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights. EUROCITIES supports this initiative and recommends that:


publication date: 01-12-2016

EUROCITIES awards 2016: Leeds supports migrants’ strengths

Leeds has won the category for participation at the EUROCITIES awards 2016.


publication date: 28-11-2016

  •  culture

Access to culture as a tool for migrant integration

Our recent guidelines on the role of culture in the integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers were discussed at a workshop during our social affairs forum in Athens.


publication date: 25-11-2016