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.

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:

news

publication date: 01-12-2016

EUROCITIES awards 2016: Leeds supports migrants’ strengths

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

news

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.

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publication date: 25-11-2016

  •  culture

How can cities foster the integration of migrants and refugees through culture? Check our inspiration toolkit n°2

Our inspiration toolkit n°2 focuses on the role of culture in the integration of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. In the toolkit you will find a series of guidelines, case studies and interviews relevant for your city work.

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publication date: 24-11-2016

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

Press release: Impact of the sharing economy in cities

EUROCITIES 2016 Milan on 16-18 November explored the impact of the sharing economy in cities.

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publication date: 24-11-2016

Cities in action: Leeds supports migrants’ strengths

Leeds has harnessed the strengths of migrant communities to help growing numbers of new arrivals fleeing war or looking for a better life settle into the city. By enabling migrant volunteers to come up with their own support solutions, the city is benefiting from better-informed, happier and more employable new citizens and more cost-efficient services and harmonious communities.

case study

publication date: 21-11-2016

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

EUROCITIES 2016 winners are: Athens, Leeds and Zaragoza

Athens, Leeds and Zaragoza were announced as the winners of this year’s EUROCITIES awards on the theme of the sharing economy.

news

publication date: 18-11-2016

  •  economy

EUROCITIES to lead CITIES-GroW project on migrant integration

European Commission DG Home has approved CITIES-GROW, a project on migrant integration through economic activity in cities, to be led by EUROCITIES.

news

publication date: 08-11-2016

Lessons from the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Athens

Our social affairs forum met in Athens on 17-18 October, on the theme of ‘welcoming refugees – a city challenge’.

news

publication date: 28-10-2016

City responses on preventing radicalisation and violent extremism: social inclusion as a tool?

Our report is based on response from 28 cities around Europe and looks at approaches and strategies for addressing radicalisation and violent extremism.

publication

publication date: 26-10-2016