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.
This comprehensive report contains data, practices and evidence-based policy recommendations for a place-based approach to integration through concerted efforts across levels of governments. It draws on both quantitative and qualitative evidence from a survey of 72 cities, including case studies on nine large European cities: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Paris, Rome and Vienna. A short ad hoc questionnaire was circulated among EUROCITIES members making possible to have additional contributions from several European cities.
The report underlines how local authorities, in co-ordination with all levels of government and other local partners, play a key role in integrating migrants and refugees and empowering them to contribute to their new communities.
During the launch debate, the OECD Deputy Secretary General Mari Kiviniemi noted that integration ‘needs to happen where people are’ and stressed that the data in the report showed how migrants were successfully integrating at local level.
Nicola De Michelis, Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner for regional policy Corina Creţu also noted in his speech that “integration happens at local level, therefore the solution has to be found there”.
The report also presents a 12-point checklist which any city or local government - in Europe or beyond – can use to work across levels of government and with other local actors in their efforts to promote more effective integration of migrants.