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.

Solidarity Cities stand #WithRefugees on World Refugee Day 2018

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.

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publication date: 20-06-2018

  •  cooperation

Asylum, migration and integration fund 2018 work programme published

The 2018 work programme of the Asylum, migration and integration fund has been published.

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publication date: 12-06-2018

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

Cities4Europe - Campaign launch

On 7 May, in partnership with the BOZAR and the city of Brussels, EUROCITIES is organising the European launch event of the ‘Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens’ campaign.

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publication date: 24-04-2018

OECD launches the report "Working together for local integration of migrants and refugees"

On 11 April, the OCED launched the report "Working together for local integration of migrants and refugees", which includes contributions and practices from many EUROCITIES members.

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publication date: 24-04-2018

Building an inclusive society – Turin adopts ‘Guidelines for cultural diversity and participation’

Without the inclusion of citizens in the political processes, there can be no democracy. The city of Turin is tackling this issue head on, ensuring that even the most vulnerable social groups can be heard.

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publication date: 20-04-2018

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

Cities4Europe - Interview with the Mayor of Oulu and the Mayor of Strasbourg

The Mayor of Oulu, Päivi Laajala and the Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries have answered our questions on the 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign.

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publication date: 17-04-2018

EUROCITIES meets Commissioner Thyssen to discuss working together to implement European Pillar of Social Rights

On 13 April, the mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, Daniël Termont and deputy mayor of Barcelona and chair of the social affairs forum, Laia Ortiz met with Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Marianne Thyssen, to discuss how cities and the European Commission can work together on the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

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publication date: 16-04-2018

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publication date: 06-04-2018

Ability, response and social responsibility – Lisbon visits Birmingham to grow social value with Cities Grow

Although migrant run companies are enriching Lisbon in the areas of food, technology and retail, the city is anxious to see similar successes in other industries.

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publication date: 05-04-2018

European Commission takes first steps towards a more ‘social’ European Semester

The European Commission published in March the 2018 country reports that analyse the economic and social policy reforms in EU member states and identify EU-wide trends in terms of convergence. It is for the first time that the European Pillar of Social Rights is integrated into the country reports, which shows the Commission’s commitment to use the European Semester as a key tool to implement the pillar.

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publication date: 03-04-2018