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 2 May 2018, the European Parliament adopted a new resolution to protect migrant children arriving in the EU. The resolution calls for all member states to safeguard the rights and interests of children taking into consideration the unique challenges faced by child refugees and asylum seekers, such as vulnerability to exploitation, violence and sexual abuse.
publication date: 13-08-2018
Do you wish to make your city socially sustainable for the future? Do you want to deliver social rights for all people in your city? Join our autumn Social Affairs Forum in Stuttgart on 23-24 October to learn and be inspired on how to achieve these ambitions.
publication date: 09-08-2018
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Bristol will host the 2018 Global Parliament of Mayors' summit: Empowering Cities as Drivers of Change
start date: 21-10-2018 end date: 23-10-2018
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.
publication date: 18-07-2018
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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.
publication date: 13-07-2018
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.
publication date: 10-07-2018
"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.
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.
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.
publication date: 20-06-2018
The 2018 work programme of the Asylum, migration and integration fund has been published.
publication date: 12-06-2018