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 city dialogue on volunteering

As part of a series of online city dialogues organised by EUROCITIES, you are kindly invited to join us for a city dialogue on volunteering during the current Covid-19 crisis. The city dialogue will take place online on Monday 18 May from 10:00 - 12:00 CET (Brussels time).

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start date: 18-05-2020
end date: 18-05-2020

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Cities Today: Cities need more support from the EU in light of the coronavirus

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, EUROCITIES, shares some thoughts on much needed solidarity at this time, and what cities are already doing to respond both now and for the longer term.

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publication date: 11-05-2020

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Key messages from our city dialogue on mitigating the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities

EUROCITIES brought together 120 strategists from 60 European cities across 23 countries in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in cities and how to tackle them.

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publication date: 07-05-2020

Let's connect! Call out to take part in study visits on migration and integration

Want to travel, all expenses paid, to other European cities to work on best practices on migration and integration? Our EU co-funded project, CONNECTION, is now offering places to eight cities to join in study visits and share their integration best practices and challenges at EU-level by developing ‘how-to policy’ guides. This is an opportunity to both improve your own local policy and lend your insights to other cities.

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publication date: 04-05-2020

Key messages from our city dialogue on social services in the time of coronavirus

EUROCITIES brought together 50 city experts from social services in 35 European cities in direct dialogue with OECD to discuss common challenges related to COVID-19 crisis, exchange on social measures to respond to this crisis and share know-how, good practices and lessons learned so far.

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publication date: 30-04-2020

Take part in our social affairs forum events from home

The EUROCITIES social affairs forum team is organising a series of online events for cities to get involved from home and engage in mutual learning despite closed borders and social distancing.

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publication date: 27-04-2020

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start date: 27-04-2020
end date: 27-04-2020

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publication date: 27-04-2020

Cities ready to take in refugee children

Cities across Europe are ready to welcome children from overcrowded refugee camps on the Greek islands. In a letter addressed to the presidents of the European Commission, European Council and European Parliament, they offer to take in unaccompanied children and provide better conditions for them.

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publication date: 23-04-2020

Stay home but get ready to connect! – our new project CONNECTION, on migration and integration launched online

Integration cannot happen without real contact of locals and migrants. It's time to open the space of possibility with CONNECTION.

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publication date: 03-04-2020

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

COVID-19: Cities call for European solidarity

Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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publication date: 01-04-2020

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

COVID-19: Cities call for European solidarity

Mayors of big cities across Europe call for cross-border solidarity during the corona crisis. In a joint statement of the network EUROCITIES, they urge strong collaboration between all levels of government.

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publication date: 01-04-2020