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
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Building Social Europe - flagship conference

On the occasion of the first anniversary since the proclamation of the European Pillar of social rights, EU, national and local decision makers will gather in Lisbon for a 2-days conference, together with social partners, civil society and academia.

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start date: 29-11-2018
end date: 30-11-2018

“Reintegration” into the Western Balkans: Returnees’ perspective with special attention to Roma community

Hosted by the Members of the European Parliament and in close cooperation with DG NEAR, European Roma Grassroots Organizations (ERGO) Network and Roma Active Albania organize a side event on the first day of the 2018 EU Platform, as part of the project Joint Initiative to Empower Roma Civil Society in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

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start date: 08-10-2018
end date: 08-10-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

City Metric: If Juncker wants a stronger, more united Europe, he should listen to its cities

People are calling on the EU to change, and cities are a good example of how to do that!

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publication date: 14-09-2018

How is education doing in Europe?

The 2018 OECD report on education is out. Despite high education level when compared to other parts of the world, Europe still has many challenges to face. And cities can make the difference.

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publication date: 14-09-2018

Cities4People: migrating ideas, inspiring integration

With the issue of immigration at the top of the political agenda in Europe, city representatives will meet in Milan during the 8th Integrating Cities Conference, to discuss the impact this issue has on our cities and to examine the solutions.

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publication date: 13-09-2018

New EUROCITIES project 'VALUES' on migrant integration to start

The European Commission DG Home has approved VALUES - Volunteering Activities to Leverage Urban and European Social integration of migrants, a new project on integration led by EUROCITIES.

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publication date: 13-09-2018

The Skilllab startup calls for partner cities to test innovative app for labour market integration

In preparation for the official launch of their skill assessment application in early 2019, the startup Skilllab is looking to partner with cities interested in adopting new, innovative approaches to labour market integration of migrants and refugees.

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publication date: 13-09-2018

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publication date: 13-09-2018

  •  cooperation

A Europe to believe in: EUROCITIES response to president Juncker's State of the Union

In response to European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union address 2018, EUROCITIES secretary general, Anna Lisa Boni, shared the following thoughts:

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publication date: 12-09-2018

Register NOW for the study visit and WG meeting on Roma inclusion on 24-25 September in Leeds

Our autumn meeting of the working group Roma inclusion will take place on 24-25 September in Leeds. It will bring together cities from different corners of Europe to learn and inspire one another on how to address inequalities and foster the inclusion of Roma people, Europe's biggest ethnic minority. The meeting will include a study visit and an exhibition of projects and services that support Roma inclusion in Leeds.

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publication date: 17-08-2018