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!