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.

Call for external evaluator on impacts - Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme

We are looking for an external evaluator to assess the impact of the EUROCITIES mutual learning activities under the Employment and Social Inclusion (EaSI) operating grant 2018.

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publication date: 18-07-2018

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

New Austrian presidency of the European Union announces policy priorities

The Austrian presidency of the council of the European Union, which started on 1 July 2018, has identified three main fields of action to help tackle the legitimacy crisis that the European Union is facing among citizens.

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publication date: 13-07-2018

Timisoara welcomes critical friendly review from peer cities on their Roma inclusion action plan

From 12 to 14 June, a delegation of cities from EUROCITIES visited Timisoara to offer peer support to further improve the host city’s action plan for Roma inclusion.

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publication date: 10-07-2018

Progressive Post: Urban solutions for European challenges

"The setting of the next EU budget provides an opportunity to make sure that cities’ actions in the field of migration are matched with adequate funding." Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, writes for The Progressive Post.

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publication date: 09-07-2018

City Metric: “While member states talk, cities act”: the mayor of Ghent on Europe’s migration crisis

In an open letter ahead of the European Council summit Daniël Termont, president of EUROCITIES and mayor of Ghent, sets out some of actions already undertaken by cities, and the commitments now needed from EU heads of state.

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publication date: 28-06-2018

Solidarity Cities stand #WithRefugees on World Refugee Day 2018

To mark World Refugee Day (20 June), mayors from more than 50 cities around the world are calling on all local authorities and municipalities to join them in welcoming and including refugees in their communities. The announcement follows the release yesterday (19 June) of new figures by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency that show a continuation of a five-year upward trend in the number of people displaced by conflict or persecution worldwide.

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publication date: 20-06-2018

  •  cooperation

Asylum, migration and integration fund 2018 work programme published

The 2018 work programme of the Asylum, migration and integration fund has been published.

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publication date: 12-06-2018

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

Cities4Europe - Campaign launch

On 7 May, in partnership with the BOZAR and the city of Brussels, EUROCITIES is organising the European launch event of the ‘Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens’ campaign.

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publication date: 24-04-2018

OECD launches the report "Working together for local integration of migrants and refugees"

On 11 April, the OCED launched the report "Working together for local integration of migrants and refugees", which includes contributions and practices from many EUROCITIES members.

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publication date: 24-04-2018

Building an inclusive society – Turin adopts ‘Guidelines for cultural diversity and participation’

Without the inclusion of citizens in the political processes, there can be no democracy. The city of Turin is tackling this issue head on, ensuring that even the most vulnerable social groups can be heard.

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publication date: 20-04-2018