Migration and integration


This working group works to influence EU policies in migrant integration as well as share experiences between cities on integration governance

Our working group on migrant integration consists of practitioners from more than 30 cities. It works both horizontally, providing an environment for mutual learning on integration governance, and vertically, influencing EU policy on migration and integration from a city perspective.

Most migrants settle in cities, so it is important to involve cities in shaping and implementing immigration and integration policies.

Our working group aims to put into practice the objective of the new European agenda on integration, that ‘integration policies should be developed with a genuine bottom-up approach’ and to ensure that local experiences play a more considerable role in EU policies. 

Our Integrating Cities Charter provides an important framework for the working group. 

The charter sets out the duties and responsibilities of European cities to embrace the diversity of their population and ensure equal opportunities in their roles as policy makers, service providers, employers and buyers of goods and services.

It was launched in 2010 and has since been signed by 35 of our member cities.

Working group members have been involved in four projects on integration governance, with the most current, ImpleMentoring, which ran from 2012 to 2014.

The working group also organises the Integrating Cities conferences, the last of which took place in Tampere on 9-10 September 2013.

Objectives for 2017

  • 1)continue to increase political impact  (and visibility) of Eurocities on migration and integration

    2) follow up of activities within the Urban Partnership and delivery of recommendations in line with EUROCITIES' position

    3 Participation to the European Migration Forum and the European Integration Network to boost multi-level governance

    4) Increase transatlantic cooperation

    5) Work on human right approach

    6) Work on integrated approaches to refugee reception, long term sustainable solutions to refugees and migrants


Anu Riila
Senior Planning Officer

vice chair

Lefteris Papagiannakis
Vice-Mayor for migration, integration and refugees

EUROCITIES staff contact

Thomas Jezequel
EUROCITIES Brussels Office
Policy advisor