Migration and integration


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 2020, the WG Migration and Integration has three overarching objectives:

Build cities' capacity to learn and implement good and innovative practices on the socio-economic inclusion of migrants and refugees


How will this be achieved?

  • Building inclusive cities for migrants and refugees: By drawing on our mutual learning methodology, cities will be able to transfer policies and replicate good practices on integrated approaches for socio-economic inclusion. To this end, we will organise a WG meeting in Tampere on 6-8 May on the topic of international talent attraction and labour market integration and draw on the results of the City-to-City mentoring methodology of the Cities Grow Project (2018).
  • Assessing and implementing minimum standards for integration: Based on the Integrating Cities Charter principles, signatory cities will take part in a monitoring activity to present the progress of migrant integration. This self-assessment will form the basis for the upcoming Fourth Integrating Cities Report which will be presented during the 2020 Integrating Cities Conference in Nuremberg.
  • Draw on bigger frameworks: In working towards a better socio-economic inclusion of migrants and refugees, cities will relate their work to frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact on Migration, or the Urban Agenda for the EU.


Strengthen positive narratives on migration and social cohesion


How will this be achieved?

  • Providing cities with tools and expertise on how to create a postive narrative, in a follow up and reinforcement of the Solidarity Cities Initiative.
  • Collaborating with other stakeholders that work to tackle racism, intolerance and discrimination, such as the European Migrant Advisory Board.
  • Organising a WG meeting on best practices on the topic of changing the narrative on migration at the local level.


Cooperate with relevant stakeholders in the migration context


How will this be achieved?

  • Maintaining and reinforcing synergies between the WG Migration and Integration and the Urban Agenda Partnership on the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees.
  • Creating synergies with the European Commission Coordinator on anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination.
  • Continuing involvement with policy-relevant events and meetings organised by the EU institutions, such as the European Migration Forum.
  • Expanding cooperation with other EUROCITIES Working Groups and collaborating on relevant topics.


Niels Tubbing
Senior Policy Advisor Civic Integration of Migrants and Refugees

vice chair

Sandra Lundberg
Policy officer

EUROCITIES staff contact

Katharina Bamberg
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Policy advisor migration