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.
On 3 and 4 of April 2017, the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum will be held in the city of Lisbon under the patronage of the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, with the theme “Preventing and responding to deep-seated urban poverty and inequalities”.
start date: 03-04-2017 end date: 04-04-2017
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Georgios Kaminis, mayor of EUROCITIES member Athens, has been announced as second runner-up and winner of the World Mayor Commendation for services to refugees by the organisers of the 2016 World Mayor Project.
publication date: 14-02-2017
Mayors from the EUROCITIES network gathered in Amsterdam on 7 February for the second edition of the political roundtable on refugees.
publication date: 08-02-2017
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
Our new report looks at how cities are using education as a means to integrate refugees and asylum seekers.
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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
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
Anna Lisa Boni writes in CityMetric on the lessons cities can teach us about tackling radicalisation.
publication date: 06-12-2016
Our latest economic development forum explored long-term migrant integration through local economic activities.
publication date: 05-12-2016