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.
The rights of the child are on top of the priorities of the new European Commission. When taking office in 2019, President Ursula von der Leyen decided that the rights of the child required special attention by having a dedicated EU comprehensive Strategy on the rights of the child.
start date: 29-09-2020 end date: 01-10-2020
Save the date for EUROCITIES high-level political event on reinforcing social Europe with a strong urban dimension
EUROCITIES will organise a high-level political event online on 30 September to discuss 'Building a stronger social Europe for just transitions: what role for cities?' The event will be co-hosted by the European Commission and the European Parliament.
start date: 30-09-2020 end date: 30-09-2020
The European Commission has opened a broad public consultation on the future of social Europe. The consultation will gather ideas and recommendations for new policy actions or legal initiatives needed on different levels (EU, national, regional and local) to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights.
publication date: 16-07-2020
This document presents an overview of EU policy and funding updates relevant to social affairs as well as news from EUROCITIES and from member cities, for the period May - July 2020.
EUROCITIES is looking to showcase good practices examples from its members on the themes of volunteering and migrant integration.
publication date: 09-07-2020
The EU institutions are taking note of the Solidarity Cities letter in which cities across Europe declared their readiness to welcome children from overcrowded refugee camps on the Greek islands.
publication date: 07-07-2020
The global number of displaced persons keeps rising. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has identified more than 1.44 million refugees in need of resettlement in 2020. However, current national pledges will serve fewer than 1% of these refugees. Against this background, community sponsorship programmes are met with increased interest.
publication date: 26-06-2020
The COVID-19 crisis has strongly affected children, especially children in precarious family situations, who were affected in terms of schooling, physical and mental health and well-being, and even nutrition (lacking the school lunches). Home-schooling has deepened the inequalities in education and training.
publication date: 24-06-2020
On 18 May 2020, EUROCITIES held a city dialogue with its cities on the role played by volunteers and civil society during the Covid-19 pandemic.
publication date: 08-06-2020
In the framework of our EU co-funded migration and integration project CONNECTION, we are delighted to invite you to a webinar on “One-stop-shop for migrant integration”.
start date: 15-06-2020 end date: 15-06-2020