Cities of Migration identifies and showcases successful local practices and policy innovation from global cities that promote immigrant integration, inclusive communities and shared urban prosperity. Through evidence-based research and analysis, peer-to-peer learning exchange, international convening and a growing network of city and community leaders, we are building an international consensus around a simple idea: migration is a critical dimension of urban prosperity and growth.
What is a good idea in immigrant integration? A project, program or action that has the power of accelerate immigrant outcomes, drive social innovation and spark new thinking on how to build open, welcoming communities and shared urban prosperity (more). To date we identified and profiled over 250 promising practices from 80 cities in 22 countries, representing a broad cross-section of activity across all domains and sectors, from small business incubation in Barcelona and Philadelphia to neighbourhood renewal in Toronto and Singapore to classrooms in Berlin and London.
This rich knowledge base supports research and analysis on what works (and doesn’t), identifying common levers and replicable strategies, and connecting experts, leaders and practitioners to further enhance and deepen this work.
Contact information: Kim Turner, Project Leader, Cities of Migration, kim.turner(at)ryerson.ca
Program: Cities of Migration
The Good Ideas collection is searchable, easy to use and available in English, German, French and Spanish. See All Good Ideas in Integration for a list of practices, by city, by country and by sub-theme. Alternatively, you can browse by five broad themes, Work, Live, Learn, Plan, Connect, or two special focus areas:
Living Together (2012-2014)
The Living Together collection builds on themes developed by Open Society Foundations’ At Home in Europe project and showcases innovative local practices that promote social inclusion, participation and intercultural dialogue in the following areas: social cohesion, equality and non-discrimination; belonging, identity and interaction; intercultural dialogue; participation and citizenship; and participatory approaches that strengthen engagement between civil society and local government institutions.
Municipal Leadership (2012-2013)
This collection of good practices and report series explores the institutional authority, policy levers and leadership of local governments on immigrant integration.Whatever the legal and jurisdictional framework, or differences in municipal responsibilities, cities around the world are accountable to their constituents and have a wide range of levers to introduce change – through policy instruments (equality, inclusion, nondiscrimination), as service providers (settlement, education, housing, police, etc.), as employers and diversity managers, and as the drivers of the local economy – from infrastructure and procurement to support for investment, entrepreneurship and small business incubation.
Municipal Leadership report series (selected titles available in German, French and Spanish):
- Good Ideas from Successful Cities: Municipal Leadership in Immigrant Integration (PDF). A compendium of good practices from cities across Canada, the United States, Europe and Australasia
- Country Snapshots: A series of companion reports offers an additional snapshot of innovation and good practice from cities in six countries.
- Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration, four international experts provide policy insights and recommendations for city leaders and their community partners.
Economic Inclusion report series (2013 – ). Examines issues and good practices related to the economic integration and inclusion of immigrants in the neighbourhoods, highstreets and workplaces of today’s cities
- Good Ideas on Economic Inclusion: Access to Banking. What is financial inclusion and why is it an important issue for immigrants? Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust (London) offers expert commentary and context for a selection of good practices that illustrate some of the multiple and overlapping strategies being developed by innovative city leaders, civil servants, business and community organizations in cities across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
- New titles forthcoming
A complete list of reports and publication is available on the Cities of Migration website.
Convening,Webinars and Special Events
Cities of Migration hosts online and archived city-to-city peer learning events (webinars) in its global Learning Exchange where you will also find links to international Cities of Migration conferences in The Hague (2010) and Berlin (2014), with related speeches, discussions and audio- and video-recordings.