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.

  •  cooperation

Pact of Amsterdam

The Dutch EU presidency secured an agreement on the Pact of Amsterdam, establishing an urban agenda for the EU, during the 30 May informal Council meeting on urban matters. This shows important political recognition of the role of cities in the EU, providing a new framework for their involvement in developing and implementing EU policy.


publication date: 03-08-2016

  •  economy

Local economic activities to foster integration of migrants

The next EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum (EDF) on 26-28 October will look at how cities help people with a migrant background to find a job, develop skills needed for the local labour market, and set up their own business ('migrant entrepreneurship').


publication date: 20-07-2016


start date: 21-06-2016
end date: 22-06-2016

Cities welcome refugees - Refugee job fair in Vienna

Over 3,500 refugees attended a ‘refugee job fair’ in late June in Vienna.


publication date: 11-07-2016

  •  cooperation
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society

Timmermans and Termont discuss urban agenda and TTIP

Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and EUROCITIES vice president, met Frans Timmermans, European Commission vice president, on 29 June for a discussion on the Commission's work programme priorities for 2017.


publication date: 04-07-2016

  •  cooperation

'Cities welcome refugees' campaign shortlisted for European Communications Award

We have been shortlisted for the European Association of Communications Directors (EACD) European Communication Award for our 'cities welcome refugees' campaign.


publication date: 22-06-2016

World Refugee Day: open letter from EUROCITIES mayors to EU leaders

The leaders of 11 major European cities wrote to EU leaders on World Refugee Day (20 June) calling to refocus the debate at European level and better recognise the role of cities in the refugee situation.


publication date: 20-06-2016

Open letter from European mayors to EU leaders on World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is a moment for us to reflect on our common European values of solidarity, humanity and dignity.


publication date: 19-06-2016

  •  culture

Culture for Cities and Regions initiatives - latest study visits

We look back on Culture for Cities and Regions study visits to Sofia and Antwerp in April.


publication date: 25-05-2016