Paris has become the 33rd signatory of our Integrating Cities Charter
By signing our Integrating Cities Charter on 18 December 2013, Paris has confirmed its commitment to provide equal opportunities for migrants and to integrate them fully into city life.
Claudine Bouygues, deputy mayor of Paris responsible for human rights, integration and the fight against discrimination, explained that “Paris is home to some 300,000 migrants from 110 different countries” and that “they make a rich contribution to the city’s diversity and dynamism”. By signing the charter, Paris is looking to “facilitate the exchange of its savoir-faire and innovative solutions in the area of integration with other cities”.
With the majority of migrants settling in large cities in search of employment or access to public services, cities have an important role to play when it comes to managing diversity. We developed the charter in 2010 to support this process. It provides cities with common principles to apply to their integration policies as policy makers, services providers, buyers of goods and services and employers.
As a major European city, Paris signing the charter will give the initiative a great boost, according to Paul Bevan, EUROCITIES secretary general. The city became the 33rd signatory, following Lisbon and Leipzig in November, and the 15th capital city to sign the charter.
To find out more about the Integrating Cities Charter, visit http://www.eurocities.eu/integrating-cities/resources/charter or click on the charter at the link below.
A press release on Paris signing the charter is also available below.
Pictured l-r: Paul Bevan, EUROCITIES secretary general; Claudine Bouyges, deputy mayor of Paris; Pierre Schapira, deputy mayor of Paris (photo courtest of Henri Garat, Mairie de Paris)