Integrating Cities Conference IX: building an inclusive society

Our very first online Integrating Cities Conference takes place at a time when integration is moving up on the policy agenda of the EU. As such, the European Commission’s Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion, which will be released by the end of 2020, will set the policy context in which a closer involvement of cities in designing integration policies is indispensable.

This year’s conference, Invest in local solidarity – cities and volunteers building an inclusive society, is organised in the framework of the VALUES project – Volunteering Activities to Leverage Urban and European Social integration of migrants, and co-hosted by the city of Nuremberg, partner of VALUES. It will focus on building cohesion and inclusive society at the local level, by involving and engaging communities and citizens.


The high-level event, on 2 and 3 December, will be preceded the week before by online workshops that will cover various subjects related to integration:

Wednesday 25 November: Protecting the rights of migrant children and youth – 10:00 – 11:30 CET
Thursday 26 November: How to work on human rights and anti-racism at local level – 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Friday 27 November: Volunteering for integration: a tool for social innovation? – 10:00 – 11:30 CET
Monday 30 November : Labour market integration of migrants – 10:00 – 11:30 CET

2-3 December programme:

The conference will also be the occasion for new cities to sign Eurocities’ Integrating Cities charter. The charter harnesses the duties and responsibilities of European cities in their roles as policy-makers, service providers, employers and buyers of goods and services to provide equal opportunities for all residents, to integrate migrants, and to embrace the diversity of populations that is a reality in cities across Europe. Joining the Integrating Cities initiative will provide visibility to integration policies, good practices and projects of your city. Interested to sign? Contact us for more information!


Rossella Nicoletti Project Coordinator
Feyrouz Lajili-Djalai Project Officer


  • In the footsteps of migrants

    How a unique museum of personal migration stories from the past and the present is helping a city of 170 nationalities build a sense of belonging.

    7 minutes read
  • The movement for movement

    How do you attract talent, and how do you enable talent? “It’s two branches of the same issue, working at the same time,” explains Marja Nyrhinen, whose job title, ‘City of Tampere coordinator of talent attraction and migration’ really says it all.

    6 minutes read
  • Sandboxing migration

    Sofia has taken new tack on migrant integration: “Exactly the same way as kids play in their sandboxes,” says Sevdalina Voynova, director of the Sofia Development Association “We’re doing the same thing with engineers and tech people.”

    10 minutes read
  • Purchasing power

    How one city is turning disadvantaged unemployed citizens into a thriving, motivated workforce through social clauses in public procurement.

    6 minutes read
  • Upward mobility

    "We both find it funny that people ask us, ‘what is the link between employment and mobility?’ Because one doesn’t go without the other. Employment is why there are so many cars on the road."

    7 minutes read
  • Go extra large

    “Had it not been for this place, I’d have been on the street;” It is hard to estimate the impact that such migrant-run spaces can have.

    3 minutes read
  • Madrid’s best team

    In Madrid, migrants and locals volunteer together, fuelling integration while fortifying the city with a host of projects from working in animal shelters, to helping people with cognitive impairments, to giving guided tours on local history.

    5 minutes read
  • A commitment to culture

    An interrupted bid to become the European Capital of Culture spurred Leeds on to create its own cultural investment programme.

    1 minute read
  • Our future city

    Brighton & Hove is putting young people and creativity front and centre in its plans for economic and social reform.

    1 minute read
  • We could grow old together

    Global tensions between the world powers, especially the US and China, have been on the up, but at local level, European and Chinese cities are taking a very different course. “It all started in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing...”

    5 minutes read