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.

Achieving symbiosis, Riga visits Barcelona through CITIES GROW on 17-19 October

Migrants arriving in a new city often have the same question: How can I work? The desire to rapidly create a symbiotic dynamic between new arrivals and their new environment is one that cities naturally share.


publication date: 17-11-2017

  •  cooperation

Cities welcome the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and ask to be involved

Today, 17 November 2017, marks a milestone in our social Europe. After 20 years since the last EU summit on employment, an EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth took place in Gothenburg at the initiative of the Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The summit gathered heads of state and government from nearly all EU member states and social partners as well as civil society representatives to discuss fair jobs, inclusive growth, equal...


publication date: 17-11-2017

Political speech delivered on 'Social Rights for All' at the Social Affairs Forum in Gothenburg

Andreas Schönström, the vice-chair of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum and deputy mayor of Malmo, gave an inspiring political speech at the Forum meeting in Gothenburg on 26 October. His speech introduced the recently-adopted EUROCITIES statement 'Social Rights for All'. You can read the full speech below.


publication date: 17-11-2017

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

'Cities4Europe – Europe for citizens': let’s build a better Europe together!

A more positive future for Europe starts with its citizens. As local leaders and members of EUROCITIES, we are committed to engaging our citizens in a dialogue about our future.


publication date: 14-11-2017

European Cities and Regions facing today's challenges

This event will take place on Tuesday 28 November from 9:30 to 15:30, in the Committee of the Regions' building, 99 rue Belliard 99-101 in brussels.


start date: 28-11-2017
end date: 28-11-2017

  •  cooperation

Highlights from the Social Affairs Forum in Gothenburg, 25-26 October 2017

On 25-26 October, the Social Affairs Forum held its autumn meeting in Gothenburg. A record number of 135 participants from over 40 cities, including 20 elected city politicians and representatives of the European Commission and EU-umbrella NGOs, took part in the meeting. They agreed that cities play a key role in delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights and promoting a stronger social Europe.


publication date: 29-10-2017

CITIES GROW Study visit of Gdansk to Ghent: Making diversity work – migrants and the labour market

Diversity is a watchword of European policy, but while the word sounds wonderful, and looks great in the titles of posters and pamphlets, it can be tough to make it a reality.


publication date: 26-10-2017

EUROCITIES report maps the situation of Roma in cities in Europe

EUROCITIES has conducted a mapping study in 23 large cities in Europe, which have big Roma populations. The findings from the mapping study are presented in a comprehensive report that reveals the situation of Roma inclusion at local level.


publication date: 17-10-2017

  •  cooperation

EUROCITIES members win approval in Urban Innovative Actions

Several EUROCITIES members won approval for their projects under the Urban Innovative Actions Call 2.


publication date: 12-10-2017

Robots, visualisation and a human-centered approach to migration

Members of the EUROCITIES working group on migration and integration were impressed by the Helsinki Skills Center and its service models, run by the Helsinki education department.


publication date: 05-10-2017