migration & integration

Cities have long been attractive destinations for migrants, and international migrants have become a common feature of European cities today. 

Successful migration policies work in two ways: ensuring that migrants are welcomed into the host society whilst also ensuring the host society’s services and policies are adapted to a diverse population.

Our working group on migration and integration works to gain recognition for the important role of local authorities in fostering migrant integration through a multilevel governance system.

We have a strong track record of mutual learning between cities on migrant integration, and our working group allows cities to share knowledge and exchange ideas.

We also helped to set up a European Commission database of good practices on integration policies, available here.

Since 2007, we have been leading projects for migration and integration in cities: INTI-Cities, DIVE, MIXITIES and most recently, ImpleMentoring launched in 2012, have received funding from the INTI-programme and the European Integration Fund.

Our series of Integrating Cities conferences, launched in 2006, are another opportunity for cities, national governments and the EU institutions to discuss migrant integration in cities.

We launched our Integrating Cities Charter in 2010 to encourage local authorities to ensure equal opportunities and non-discrimination for all citizens in their roles as policy makers, service providers, employers and buyers of goods and services. So far, 27 European cities have signed the charter, which is complemented by a process of monitoring and peer learning.

To find out more about our work on migrant integration, please visit our Integrating Cities website, www.integratingcities.eu.

  •  economy

Cities at work: Gothenburg’s entrepreneurial hub

Gothenburg’s ‘Entrepreneurial West Hisingen’ programme is supporting employability among residents in a challenging city district.

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publication date: 07-01-2016

Anna Lisa Boni focuses on refugees with EU ministers

Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES secretary general, represented us at an informal meeting of EU ministers for urban policy in Luxembourg on 27 November.

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publication date: 17-12-2015

EUROCITIES working group education explores intercultural mediators in Ghent

The EUROCITIES education met in Ghent on 18-21 November to discuss the issue of parental involvement to prevent early school leaving.

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publication date: 16-12-2015

  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  mobility

Spotlight on the EUROCITIES awards winners - new case studies!

We have published case studies on the award winning projects from Edinburgh, Gothenburg and Milan.

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publication date: 26-11-2015

Supporting Roma inclusion in cities

Our statement on Roma inclusion emphasises the key role city authorities play in offering a decent life to all, by providing non-discriminatory access to services such as education, health, training, employment and housing.

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publication date: 24-11-2015

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

A reflection on EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo

EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo, our annual conference, took place on 4-6 November.

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publication date: 10-11-2015

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

EUROCITIES 2015 Copenhagen/Malmo starts tomorrow

The EUROCITIES annual conference on ‘Living cities – sustainable growth and quality of life’ takes place on 4-6 November in Copenhagen and Malmo.

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publication date: 03-11-2015

Cities welcome refugees - Helsinki

The Finnish capital city Helsinki, chair of our working group on migration and integration, has long been a city of asylum, having welcomed thousands of Somali refugees since the early 90s.

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publication date: 02-11-2015

  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  mobility

POLITICO: What works Brussels

From countering security threats to economic development, cities are sharing lessons. Where do the best ideas come from and how are they best shared?

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start date: 10-11-2015
end date: 10-11-2015

Cities welcome refugees - Dresden

We continue our series of articles looking at how cities are responding to the current refugee crisis with Dresden, which has welcomed 5,500 asylum seekers so far this year.

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publication date: 29-10-2015