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.

City letter on refugee children relocation gains traction

The EU institutions are taking note of the Solidarity Cities letter in which cities across Europe declared their readiness to welcome children from overcrowded refugee camps on the Greek islands.


publication date: 07-07-2020

Cities discussing community sponsorship programmes for refugees

The global number of displaced persons keeps rising. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has identified more than 1.44 million refugees in need of resettlement in 2020. However, current national pledges will serve fewer than 1% of these refugees. Against this background, community sponsorship programmes are met with increased interest.


publication date: 26-06-2020

  •  cooperation

Take part in EUROCITIES survey: How are cities fighting child poverty?

The COVID-19 crisis has strongly affected children, especially children in precarious family situations, who were affected in terms of schooling, physical and mental health and well-being, and even nutrition (lacking the school lunches). Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training.


publication date: 24-06-2020

EUROCITIES City dialogue on volunteering

On 18 May 2020, EUROCITIES held a city dialogue with its cities on the role played by volunteers and civil society during the Covid-19 pandemic.


publication date: 08-06-2020

Webinar on One-stop-shops for migrant integration

In the framework of our EU co-funded migration and integration project CONNECTION, we are delighted to invite you to a webinar on “One-stop-shop for migrant integration”.


start date: 15-06-2020
end date: 15-06-2020

  •  economy

Highlights from our Social Affairs Forum online – cities respond to the COVID crisis

More than 90 representatives from 55 cities met online for the Social Affairs Forum meeting to discuss the social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and how to mitigate them.


publication date: 28-05-2020

EUROCITIES city dialogue on volunteering

As part of a series of online city dialogues organised by EUROCITIES, you are kindly invited to join us for a city dialogue on volunteering during the current Covid-19 crisis. The city dialogue will take place online on Monday 18 May from 10:00 - 12:00 CET (Brussels time).


start date: 18-05-2020
end date: 18-05-2020

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

Cities Today: Cities need more support from the EU in light of the coronavirus

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares some thoughts on much needed solidarity at this time, and what cities are already doing to respond both now and for the longer term.


publication date: 11-05-2020

  •  cooperation

Key messages from our city dialogue on mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities

EUROCITIES brought together 120 strategists from 60 European cities across 23 countries in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities and how to tackle them.


publication date: 07-05-2020

Let's connect! Call out to take part in study visits on migration and integration

Want to travel, all expenses paid, to other European cities to work on best practices on migration and integration? Our EU co-funded project, CONNECTION, is now offering places to eight cities to join in study visits and share their integration best practices and challenges at EU-level by developing ‘how-to policy’ guides. This is an opportunity to both improve your own local policy and lend your insights to other cities.


publication date: 04-05-2020