This working group (WG) is focused on guiding the cities to embrace the diversity of their population and ensure equal opportunities for their population. The aim of the WG is to use a bottom-up approach to ensure that local experiences play an important role in drafting the EU migration and integration policies. It works as an environment for mutual learning on integration governance, by using mentoring activities and sharing experiences and good practice between cities. The working group is guided by the Integrating Cities Charter, which provides the framework for the WG’s activity.
In 2018, the objectives set by the WG are the following:
- to continue the of work with irregular migrants;
- to work on the political climate for identifying the strategies to avoid the rise of anti-migrant and anti-diversity sentiment in cities;
- to connect human rights approach to political work;
- to mainstream refugee integration by proving the added value for the host community and for social cohesion;
- to foster the link with other levels of government: presence of national or regional official at WG meetings;
- to develop transatlantic cooperation by continuing the dialogue with cities from US (New York);
- to work on administration openness to newcomers/representation of diversity;
- to continue the work on projects (Cities Grow, ReSOMA).
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