Thought Leadership

Make No Mistake: the Answer to Extremist Violence is Strong Resilient Communities

“The enemy of extremists is … democracy, the rule of law and social cohesion, justice and solidarity,” writes Anna Triandyllapidou, Ryerson University. To prevent young people from falling prey to extremism, communities can channel discontent into democratic participation and political action.

Migrant Integration in Cities: Learning from Others

Drawing on his expertise in federalism and in immigration issues, Leslie Seidle profiles innovations in migrant integration from Canada, Germany, Spain and the United States, and the emerging role of cities

Palermo to Europe: Leoluca Orlando’s Political Vision

Harald Bauder interviews Mayor Leoluca Orlando on a political vision for Palermo (Italy) that embraces refugees and immigrants, and revolves around inclusivity, equality, and diversity.

Migrants with Irregular Status: Guidance for Cities

C-MISE Guidance aims to raise awareness and facilitate dialogue on the challenges municipalities face in relation to migrants with irregular status

Syrian Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable Pt 2

The Syrian Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable re-convenes to increase refugees’ access to employment opportunities in the GTHA. The expanded program has national ambition.

Migration, Cities and Universities

Ratna Omidvar reflects on the role universities and cities play in promoting and influencing migration in conversation with John Ralston Saul and Haroon Siddiqui at Ryerson University’s WC2 Conference.

Engaging diverse communities is everyone’s job

The Australian city of Stirling is changing course and implementing a council-wide diversity champion initiative, says Bel Schenk, Welcoming Cities.

Europe’s economy and the migration question

Five minutes to midnight, or one minute? Louise Arbour applauds migrant economic contribution but is concerned about the human cost of global warming

Why all pupils should learn migration history

Emily Miller, Migration Museum Project: Embedding themes of migration within the school curriculum helps students to see themselves

Boundaries of Inclusion

Irene Bloemraad examines how concepts of citizenship and rights and judgements of deservingness shape citizens’ openness to immigration.

Toronto: Planning for Diversity, Inclusion and Urban Resilience

Urban planning professor Dr. Zhixi Zhuang describes the important role cities play in the processes of immigrant settlement and integration

Nothing About Us Without Us

We don’t accept all-male panels on women’s issues, so why do we still discuss refugee policy without refugees, asks entrepreneur Sana Mustafa.

Inclusion of Migrants with Irregular Status

Dr. Sarah Spencer explains why cities in Europe, like their North American counterparts, are increasingly exploring ways to enable irregular (‘undocumented’) migrants to have access to essential services

Getting Up Close with Migration

Senator Ratna Omidvar weighs in on the National Conversation on Immigration (UK), sharing lessons from Canada’s integration programme and policies

Toronto The Good

Martin Rett Cohn on how Toronto’s diversity offers a degree of immunity during times of terror

Two cheers for the Global Compact

The Global Compact on Migration is surprisingly ambitious – but will it be implemented? Rebekah Smith, OPEN

Taking the Pulse of Diversity

Denise O-Neil Green, Ryerson’s first VP Equity & Community Inclusion, discusses her journey from Chicago to Toronto.

Fighting For Immigration: What Foundations Need to Do

Daranee Petsod, GCIR: The fight over immigrants and refugees Is going to intensify. Given this challenging landscape, what should philanthropy consider and prioritize?

Mediterranean City-to-City Migration

What do the cities of Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangiers, Tunis, Turin and Vienna have in common? Ana Feder, MC2CM, shares a Mediterranean perspective on urban migration

The Time is Now

Abby Dwommoh, IOM, makes the case for why supporting migrant women is right for the UK: “The collective force of their potential contribution to our society can only be realised through more active inclusion.”

Why More is Better: Doug Saunders on ‘Maximum Canada’

Saunders argues that low density in Canadian cities reduces quality of life, especially for poorer and immigrant residents. Solving the problem requires more people, not less.

Living Diversity – Shaping Society: Reinhard Mohn Prize

This year’s Reinhard Mohn Prize goes to former German President Joachim Gauck. The Bertelsmann Stiftung recognizes Gauck as a bridge builder in a culturally diverse society.

How is your city responding to irregular migrants?

C-MISE is a knowledge-exchange project at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) that explores how cities in Europe are responding to the challenges presented by irregular migrants in an inclusive way.

Cities are “laboratories” of communal life

Johannes von Dohnanyi, Bertelsmann Stiftung: Whether in moral or political, economic, artistic or culinary terms: Diversity means the opportunity to broaden your horizons

Words Matter

“English Only” rhetoric may have political value, says Westy Egmont, Boston College, but it is contrary to both values and legal obligation.

Crowdsourcing Refugee Resettlement

Mustafa Alio and Ratna Omidvar believe Canada’s Private Sponsorship of Refugees program (PSR) is a good idea worth stealing

Global Mayors Show the World What Works

Maria Teresa Rojas, OSF: “At a time when the shadows of xenophobia have darkened, mayors tell a positive story about how our newest citizens enrich cities—economically, culturally, and socially.”

#RethinkingRefugee Housing

In Bristol, Fuad Mahamed, helps refugee tenants become economically autonomous, improving their ability to pay rent and enabling their positive contribution to the local economy and community.

Migration and Cities: We Need To Do Better

“For cities that are inclusive, a different result is possible.” A new WEF report by Alice Charles and Dilip Guna champions cities, their role in immigrant integration and the“virtuous cycle” that makes integration work for everyone.

Opening Hearts and Homes to Refugees: Airbnb

“Initially, everyone sees this as a housing issue. Over the longer term it’s actually helping to build advocates and more welcoming communities.” Brian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb

The New Normal: Interview with Mechelen Mayor Bart Somers

Mayor Bart Somers, Mechelen: “Refugees made our city better….. They helped my fellow citizens overcome their reservations and created an atmosphere of solidarity.”

The Culturally Competent City

Uzma Shakir: “Cultural competency can mean being nice to people while maintaining the status quo of inequality or it can mean empowering marginalized people to take control over their own destiny.”

In Calgary, ‘welcoming’ immigrants is no longer enough

Jeny Mathews-Thusoo, City of Calgary: “Having the awkward conversation about race and racism” is important.

Do You Speak Translate?

Kate Longpre, ICA: It’s bigger than machine translation. Google’s We Speak Translate is a symbol that our city is a safe, accepting, welcoming place for newcomers.

Is It Time to Rescue Brand “Australia”?

Aleem Ali, Welcoming Cities: “It’s time to rescue brand Australia [and make] a renewed commitment to an inclusive, multicultural Australia.”

Welcoming Innovation through Transnational Exchange

Dan Wallace, Welcoming America: Addressing apprehension within receiving communities experiencing demographic change will be critical to successful integration

Cities Raise Their Voices for Migrants and Refugees

GMF in Europe :It will be up to cities to provide safe communities and successful integration models that will make or break national migration policies in the years to come.

Sleeping Giant: Athens, New City of Migration

Mayor Kaminis of Athens: “This [refugee] challenge can also be seen as an opportunity to build on the dormant capacity of the city, to find creative solutions, to cater to the needs of all Athenians for a better life in the city.”

Talking Tech for Refugees

Joséphine Goube, Techfugees: “When you have an emergency, it’s important to be able to create short term solutions with focus.

Tolerance and Diversity

Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe: Tolerance is a precious commodity. That’s why governments and state institutions too must respect, defend and uphold it.

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

Global strategist Parag Khanna: The world is changing fast, can you see where it’s headed? We’re accelerating into a future shaped less by countries than by connectivity.

Today’s Imperative for Welcoming

Susan Downs-Karkos: Governments must ask themselves where they will find the talent to keep their communities vibrant and economically competitive in the years ahead

BREXIT and British Values

Michal Siewniak, CVS Broxbourne and East Herts, talks about the impact of BREXIT on local communities, and why British values must continue to uphold equality and respect for all people.

How Tech Could Help Refugees More

A new report from Transatlantic Council on Migration explores new tools and innovations from tech entrepreneurs trying to help refugees integrate, and examines how policymakers can support the best new initiatives

A Humanitarian Investment That Yields Economic Dividends

OPEN’s Philippe Legrain talks to Ratna Omidvar, GDX, about his latest report on the economic dividends of refugee integration and employment.

German Cities on the Front Lines of Refugee Response

Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution, reports that the lessons learned on the front lines of Germany’s response to the refugee crisis could have lasting implications for cities around the world.

Let’s Give Cities A Greater Role In Managing Migration

Harald Bauder, Ryerson University worries that border regimes order our world: “Border regimes do more than control migration: they determine the conditions under which people live, work, and die. They regulate who has rights, who belongs and who is “illegal.”

Making Protection Temporary? Bad Idea for Cities

Thomas Jezequel, EUROCITIES, argues that making protection temporary will be counterproductive and detrimental to integration and social cohesion in cities

Migration Governance Index

David Martineau, IOM, talks about the new Migration Governance Index and the implications this tool could have for cities.

Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Diversity

Jay Pitter: We have to learn how to ask uncomfortable questions about diversity in order to move beyond the “superficial rhetoric, policies and celebrations” of diversity in contemporary discourse.

With Heart and Mind in Münster

Jochen Köhnke shares his vision for Münster: the importance of contact between locals and refugees; housing “where children are welcome;” and promoting a culture of good neighbours.

The Courage of the Refugee Olympic Team

Ratna Omidvar, Senate of Canada: Let us take renewed inspiration from these refugee Olympians, and work to ensure that all of the world’s displaced people are given a chance to reach their potential.

Philanthropy and Migration

The transfer of ideas that comes with the global movement of goods and migration of people is important for philanthropists to recognize, argue Michael Alberg-Seberich and Diya Khanna: “Now is the time to learn to thrive in this new context.”

How Inclusive Societies and Migrant Integration Look from Baku

Jenny Phillimore, University of Birmingham, shares perspectives on llving together in inclusive societies from the 7th UNAOC Global Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan

Does Diversity Drive Prosperity? 2016 GDX Annual Lecture

Global citizen and 2016 GDX Lecturer, Dr. Khalid Koser, GCERF, casts a new lens on the question: Does diversity drive prosperity?

Five Steps to Successful Integration

We want to help to objectify the discourse about refugees, which is often marked by insecurity, to find practical solutions and to develop enduring approaches – Aart De Geus, Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Arrival Cities Action Planning Network

Deputy Mayor of Amadora, Cristina Farinha, talks about how the Arrival Cities Action Planning Network is tackling one of Europe’s most urgent issues: how to counter the negative media stereotyping of migrants and migration

In Atlanta, an Export Agenda for Immigrant Inclusion

Dana Wagner at Welcoming Interactive 2016: As cities around the world get more diverse, city builders are asking: How inclusive are we? And, how do we get better?

Upwardly Global: Refugees and Germany

Germany has taken a commendable “book it, then work it” approach–welcoming refugees while working to figure out a long-term solution -Nikki Cicerani, Upwardly Global

Wicked Problems Require Complex Solutions

Wendy Cukier, VP, Research and Innovation: Ryerson University: “Strategy is important, but culture eats strategy.”

Closing the Opportunity Gap for Immigrant Youth

Gabriel Lenot explains why Mozaïk RH has been so successful in engaging the private sector to help address the challenge of youth employment in France

Sunny Ways

The Honourable John McCallum, Canada’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, in conversation with Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange

The Weeknd, Culture Shift and Postal Codes

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, TIFF, on topics of diversity in governance and what it takes to create greater and lasting inclusion.

Integration is a People Process

Workplaces, shopping centres, schools, places of worship, community centres and local government offices are the social crucibles where the “alchemy of integration” occurs.

Acceptance, Opportunity and Critical Mass

Mayor John Tory talks about what makes Toronto a great city

Cities of migration: Three questions with Audrey Singer

Pragmatic ideas, illuminating narratives, and evidence that open societies are more resilient

All Hands On Deck

Putting Canada’s new refugees to work requires all hands on deck, says Ratna Omidvar, Global Diversity Exchange

Good Health: A Starting Point for Integration

Health and Education are important pillars of integration. That’s why the concept of achieving good health must be a starting point for integration efforts says Ramazan Salman, accepting the 2015 Health Award for the “MiMi – With Migrants for Migrants” programme.

Migrants Need Cities, Cities Need Migrants

“Cities rarely shrink to greatness. They get better by growing and to grow they must welcome migrants,” writes IOM’s William Lacy Swing. Cities like London, New York and Singapore owe their renaissance to growing populations of the foreign-born.

Chicago, City Embassies and Global Cities

An interview with Juliana Kerr, Chicago Council of Global Affairs, about the growing importance of cities on the global stage, migration and the shape of things to come.

Entrepreneurs and New Europeans

Interview with Flemish MEP Sander Loones: “I believe that the first way to look at migrant entrepreneurs is to look at them as entrepreneurs, no matter where they come from.”

Where is integration in the refugee crisis?

Jenny Phillimore, IRIS, University of Birmingham: “What is lost in the debate about refugees, which has hitherto focused on numbers, is a proper discussion about integration.”

Why an Anti-Rumours Strategy?

Dani de Torres, Intercultural Cities: One of the best arguments [for] an anti-rumour strategy comes from the stoic philosopher Epictetus: “Become aware of our prejudices, ghosts we have created, to combat mirages. That’s what will bring us, actually, to be free citizens.”

“Say it loud, say it clear: refugees are welcome here”

World Bank’s Ellen Goldstein, Country Director for the Western Balkans, on the refugee crisis and the EU.

Superdiversity and Demographic Disruption

Mai Chen, one of New Zealand’s top constitutional and administrative law experts asks some key questions on the implications of super diversity for New Zealand and its capital city, Auckland.

Projects End But the Migration-Integration Battle Goes On

If Europe is to retain its current output of goods and services, it will need to welcome in a further 56 million migrants by 2050.

On Global Cities

To understand the 21st century, we must understand global cities, who lives in them and how they nurture their own citizens, says Richard C. Longworth, author of On Global Cities.

Suzanne Ma: Meet Me in Venice

The habit of migration spread. Soon, hundreds of thousands were leaving Zhejiang province, fanning out around the world. But they were particularly drawn to Europe.

Beyond Banking: Making Migration a Business Issue

Frank Cui, BNZ: Diversity is not about age, gender, style or ethnicity. It’s about unleashing the potential of each individual within your workforce

How a White Working Class Community in Berlin Embraced Its New Immigrants

Younger residents of the Berlin district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf don’t see their district’s emerging ethnic diversity as a problem

All About the Bias, So Subtle

Cause for worry? Data show that the gains to global welfare from more international labour mobility are astoundingly large yet public opinion appears to reject of the idea of more mobility.

Pico Iyer: The Foreign Spell

“To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised.”

Interview with Ramon Sanahuja, Barcelona

When a migrant decides to reunify their family in their new country of residence It is a very important moment in their migrant lives.

Flight and Freedom

The desire to thrive and to give back is palpable in refugees. We think of refugees taking and needing, but they enrich our communities in incredible ways – Ratna Omidvar

The Promise of Pluralism

António Guterres talks about the “genie” of intolerance at both ends of the asylum-migration nexus. Against this reality, the voices of tolerance and reason and the values of pluralism need to rise.

Defining Urban Resilience in Christchurch

Superintendent Wallace Haumaha spoke to us at the 2014 Cities of Migration conference about Christchurch’s cultural transformation, courage and ability to manage risk in the face of disaster.

Digital Inclusion: Empowering Newcomer Families and Youth

Interview with Di Daniels, National Coordinator of Computers in Homes: “It’s not about the computer. It is about developing social capacity, promoting social cohesion and building social capital.”

Swedish with your baby – an interview with Karin Bruce

Karin Bruce, co-founder of Swedish with Your Baby talks about why it’s important to meet and interact with people in your neighborhood.

Diaspora Leadership

“It’s not the size of the diaspora communities in Canada that makes them influential, it’s the success of individuals within those communities,” says Ratna Omidvar, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX).

Swede visits Toronto for Canadian ideas in integration

Maroun Aoun, CEO of IFS,talks about great Canadian ideas

Cities in Competition: Cultural Offer Improves Attractiveness

Philippe Kern,Managing Director, KEA and URBACT Thematic Expert makes the case for culture: Many cities focus on their economic development to be more competitive. They forget that the soul of a city is its culture, its capacity to be festive, to make noise is a crucial parameter of attractiveness in the competition to attract industries and talents.

Alan Broadbent: We Are All City Builders

At the dawn of the urban age, all of us have the privilege of being at the vanguard of the vital work of city building, says Alan Broadbent in his opening speech at the 2014 Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin.

Mary Rowe: Cities Are About Place

Cities are about place. It is important to take seriously how we shape that experience for newcomers, says Mary Rowe, MASNYC, in her closing keynote address on City Building at the 2014 International Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin.

Let diversity be part of our collective future

Mattias Nord, CEO Visit Karlstad, Kenneth Johansson, Senator of Värmland, and other civic and business leaders in Karlstad (Sweden) talk about the importance of harnessing diversity to Sweden’s future prosperity: “One size does not fit all.”

No One Should Be Afraid to Say Where They Are From

The Chair of New Europeans, an association which promotes the rights of EU citizens including the right to freedom of movement, wants Britons to reflect on what their negative attitudes and behaviours towards migrants say about them as a nation. In this opinion piece from MRN’s Migration Pulse, Roger Casale reminds us that migrants hold a mirror up to the host nation.

Migrants Give Auckland an Edge over Other Cities: Heather Shotter

The Executive Director, Committee for Auckland, describes migrants as drivers of the local economy and challenges local leaders to work collaboratively towards a more entrepreneurial and innovative culture for Auckland’s future prosperity.

Khalid Koser: Cities and the Case for Migration

“While states are building walls, cities are building bridges,” says the Deputy Director and Academic Dean, Geneva Centre for Security Policy. “If cities in all their complexity can realize the potential of migration, then states, and the international community don’t have far to look for the success stories and best practices that can help generate a new approach.”

Mekonnen Mesghena: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity

Migrants don’t just go to Germany, Denmark or Great Britain but quite specifically to Berlin, Copenhagen and London, said Mesghena of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, our co-host at the 2014 Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin. Cities have always been laboratories of social innovation and pioneering places of change for precisely the reasons of social and cultural diversity that makes them stand out. The success of many large cities is largely to do with the fact that the hopes and dreams of those people who have decided to settle in them can come true.

Edward L. Glaeser: Triumph of the City

Despite the bad rap cities get for being dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime ridden, expensive and environmentally unfriendly, a Harvard specialist on the economics of cities is keen to prove that they are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. According to Edward Glaeser, the city is humanity’s “greatest invention and our best hope for the future.”

Hamilton – The Latest Sanctuary City

Councillor Sam Merulla and Maria Antelo, a community development worker, tell here what prompted Hamilton to re-affirm its commitment to ensuring access to services without fear to immigrants without full status or full documents.

Introducing Newcomers to Indigenous People

Henry Yu, University of British Columbia and Co-Chair of the Vancouver Dialogues Project, shares ideas on welcoming communities and newcomer settlement. with Judi Altinkaya, Newcomers Marae Welcomes project at the Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy, New Zealand.

Is Diversity a Threat to Freedom?

Edward Mortimer in this Open Society Foundations article says diversity is both a condition and a result of freedom. Without it, there would be no alternatives for people to choose freely between; and since in practice people make different choices, their freedom produces a diversity of outcomes.

Wicked Failures? Cities Offer Local Solutions

Dana Wagner explains how “wicked” failures in policy can be best addressed at the local level.

US cities race to attract immigrants

Global cities are in a race to attract human capital – David Lubell, Welcoming America

Including Migrant Votes Is Good for Democracy

Political participation is still at the heart of the democratic process, says Paul Spoonley, Massey University.

The Mathematics of Immigration

Hollie McNish’s spoken word poem comments on the current immigration debate, personal experience and studies, including economist Philippe Legrain’s “Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them.”

Emila Wanat

Immigrant = The New Mainstream

In this Cafebabel column, Emilia Wanat is of the opinion that immigration has become a subject of political bickering and not the subject of potential laws. She says the refusal to come to terms with movement of people symbolizes our poor understanding of globalization.

Stephen Fotopulos

Stephen Fotopulos: Making Nashville a City for All of Us

Strong communities, like relationships, are built on good communication and the measure of success will be the degree to which everyone is engaged in the conversation.

Turning Migration Policy from Failure to Opportunity

Dr. Khalid Koser argues that the “challenges of managing international migration have been consistently underestimated.”

Simon Woolley Is the Pride of Britain

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Pride of Britain Award. Simon Woolley is Director and a founding member of Operation Black Vote (OBV), whose West Midlands Civic Leadership Programme we featured in our Good Ideas in Integration series.

Feeling Lonely? Take the Talking Cure

Language can be a barrier to social participation in UK, contributing to increased loneliness among people from ethnic minority groups, says Nageena Khan.

Elham Seyed Javad: Sports Hijab Takes Off

“We can all express our passion for sport through our personal background in mutual respect.”

Living Your Languages

What’s it like living in languages other than English? Ratna Omidvar responds with her multilingual story.

Resetting the Way We Work on Migration

Time to rethink migration says Manjula Luthria of the World Bank’s International Labour Mobility program.

Pluralism: A Key Opportunity for the 21st Century

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General: “We have to promote dialogue to combat fear, intolerance, and extremism.”

Good practices: Ambassador Project Ghent

Cities of Migration asked Ghent’s Integration Office (Anja Van den Durpel, Head of the Ghent Integration Office; Ilse Neyrinck, Policy Advisor on Participation; Marc Van Acker, Communications Officer) to discuss how the Ambassador Project opens minds to the lives of migrants.

Omar Khan: What is Financial Inclusion?

To help the financially excluded, we need to rethink mainstream financial products and services.

Toronto: Why the Integrating Cities Charter Matters

Is the EUROCITIES Charter on Integrating Cities coming to Toronto? We asked Chris Brillinger (Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration, City of Toronto’) and Jehad Aliweiwi (Executive Director, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office) to explain the need for a charter in a city celebrated for its diversity.

Local Integration Requires Long-Term Commitment of All

The presidents of Germany’s municipal associations (Ulrich Maly, Deutscher Städtetag; Hans Jörg Duppré, Deutscher Landkreistag; and Christian Schramm, Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund) argue that integration needs the full commitment of all governments.

Not Migrants and Immigration, but Mobility and Movement

Is it time to drop the word migration? Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, and Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University, think so.

The Spirit of Hong Kong’s Diversity

Writer and photographer JT Singh shares stories and photos about migrant workers in Hong Kong.

The Queen and I

“HRH Queen Elizabeth and I have a complicated relationship,” says Maytree President Ratna Omidvar.

Welcoming The Committee for Auckland

Nau mai! We are delighted to welcome our new community partner in New Zealand. Heather Shotter, Executive Director, explains why Auckland’s diversity is important to the city’s prosperity.

Why Loans for Immigrants Make a Difference

Vanessa Desa and Dianne Fehr (Immigrant Access Fund) talk about the impact of small loans.

Rachel Steinhardt: Promoting Prosperity by Welcoming Immigrants

“Civic leaders are catching on to what savvy businesses already know: diversity and immigration are opportunities that can improve prosperity for all.”

The Ethos of Cities: The Spirit of Singapore’s Diversity

Toronto-born “urban-geographic explorer” JT Singh visited Singapore and now shares his views on this multi-ethnic city-state.

Rapid Growth in Singapore’s Immigrants Brings Policy Challenges

Brenda Yeoh and Weiqiang Lin share insights on the impact of Singapore’s new immigration policies.

Fatima Shama: Blueprints for Immigrant Integration

Fatima Shama, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, speak about Blueprints for Immigrant Integration.

Ensuring Diversity Becomes an Asset for Everyone

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, says empowering newcomers is the “only appropriate policy choice in a democratic society.”

Policy, Politics and Participation

Fidele Mutwarasibo, Integration Manager of the Irish Immigrant Council, speaks about “The Challenge of Dealing with Third Country Nationals’ Political Participation.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi: Community Building as Nation Building

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, City of Calgary, recalls how voters were more interested in his views on policy than his background.

Chicago’s Plan for a Thriving, Welcoming City

Adolfo Hernandez, Office of New Americans (Chicago): “We are an international city, we are a city of immigrants, we are a welcoming city.”

Taking It to the Streets: A Municipal Role in Immigrant Integration

Myer Siemiatycki (Ryerson University) explores the ways integration influences and is influenced by our public spaces.

Migration and the Metropolis

Audrey Singer, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, paints a picture of shifting metropolitan immigration patterns in North America and internationally.

Practice to Policy Report: Introduction

Ratna Omidvar, Maytree (Canada): Jane Jacobs observed the level of government closest to the people is best positioned to serve the people.

‘Rich and Happy’ – Good Local Initiatives for the Integration of Migrants

Roland Roth, Magdeburg-Stendal University (Germany), on how cities are thinking about immigrants as a key to urban prosperity.

National Policies and Local Realities in Immigrant Integration

Jan Niessen (Migration Policy Group) looks at how national policy interacts with local policy, commenting on gaps and convergences.

Five Reasons Canada Leads the World on Immigration

Maytree Opinion by Alan Broadbent, Chairman of Maytree Foundation, and Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree Foundation: If migrants all gathered in one place, they would constitute the world’s fifth most populous country.

Sara Llewellin: Old Cities, New Cities

The Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust calls the UK “a country built on migration.”

Uniform, Transparent, Effective? Foreign Credentials in Germany

Daria Braun of the Otto Benecke Foundation shares her analysis of the current situation.

On the Trail of Good Ideas with Ayse Özbabacan: Toronto to Stuttgart

This month meet Ayse Özbabacan, Policy Officer European City network for Local Integration Policies (CLIP).

Why Municipal Leadership Matters: Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent, Chairman of Maytree Foundation: “People move to cities because that is where opportunity exists at scale.”

Steven Wray: From Philly to Hogtown

The Executive Director of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia speaks about the importance of city-to-city learning.

On the Trail of Good Ideas with Sister Lena Deevy: Kerpen to Boston

This month meet Sister Lena Deevy, Executive Director, Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), Boston.

Celia Okoyino da Mbabi: A Soccer Star goes VIP

“Kids are our future. I really enjoy their company. I perceive them as being extremly open-minded. Children have to be encouraged and supported – they are the true VIPs.”

Stephen Frost talks Supplier Diversity at the London Games

The Head of Diversity and Inclusion for London 2012, the organizing body for the upcoming Olympic Games, talks about the strategic benefits of supplier diversity.

Orkan Kösemen: Learning from Each Other

Dr. Orkan Kösemen dispels some of the prevailing myths about immigration and Germany.

What Is a Welcoming Community?

For David Lubell, Welcoming America Executive Director and new Ashoka Fellow, de-bunking myths about immigration can help US communities overcome their fears and embrace the country’s national tradition and historical legacy of welcoming immigrants.

Ziauddin Sardar: In Defense of Multiculturalism

“It is important to realize that multiculturalism is not about dominance of one culture over another. It is not about the dominance of a single culture over a multiple of cultures. It is about equality of cultures.”

Sarah Spencer: Super-diversity and the City

“In a short space of time we suddenly have people from a plethora of different places, with different faiths, different languages.”

Ayesha Saran Talks Transaltantic Trends: Immigration

“The survey found that public attitudes are more complex and nuanced than is often reported.”

Nazia Hussain: Cities Leading by Example

We asked the Director of the At Home in Europe Project at the Open Society Foundations about her work and the role of local government in promoting effective integration policies and practices.

Margie McHugh: Talking E Pluribus Unum Prizes

As the Co-Director of the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy at MPI, Margie McHugh is in a unique position to understand the intersection between practice and policy.

Listening to Local Leadership in Manchester: Sir Richard Leese

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council on immigration, local initiatives and ideas that his city.

Putting citizenship into practice: Carmen Garcia de Andrés, Fundación Tomillo

Carmen Garcia de Andrés talks about the success of Tiempo Joven, a program that engages young people by allowing them to design their own community activities.

London: Talking Riot

Rob Berkeley, the director of our partner Runnymede Trust, writes “Runnymede warned of the impact of inequalities on our society.”

Dear Sir Lawrence Hill, I Plan to Burn Your Book

Lawrence Hill comments on how the new Dutch title of his best-selling, The Book of Negroes, became a flashpoint for controversy in the Netherlands.

Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt: Don’t forget the Families!

Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt on why families as well as children are at the heart of the Diesterweg Scholarship Good Idea.

Rethinking the Fortress

For Marcel Balbo, SSIM, the Arab spring has lessons for Europe’s policy-makers: “The history of the Polish plumber should have taught us something about the relationship between democracy, development and migration….”

Migration and the Politics of Proximity: António Vitorino

Migration and the Politics of Proximity

António Vitorino, Former European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs

Unscrambling Immigration: Saskia Sassen

Unscrambling Immigration

Saskia Sassen, Co-Chair of The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

In Conversation with Suketu Mehta: The City Speaks

The city has become an obsession for Suketu Mehta from Mumbai to New York City. Now he is in search of the ‘new New York’.

In Conversation with Frank Sharry of America’s Voice

Few people know the American immigration reform scene as well as Frank Sharry, first as the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and now as founder of America’s Voice.

Inclusion Means All of Us

Inclusion Means All of Us

Ratna Omidvar @Maytree Foundation

In Conversation with Germany’s Cem Özdemir

Cem Özdemir, Co-Chair of The Green Party/Die Grünen (Germany) is the first party leader in Germany to come from an immigrant background. The son of Turkish “guest workers”, he has become the de facto expert on immigration and integration issues for his party.

Inclusion Means All of Us: Ratna Omidvar

Inclusion is not the same as integration, though the two concepts are inextricably linked. Whilst integration asks a great deal of the migrant, inclusion asks the host society to change and shift. It is inclusion that has the power to turn “me and you” into “us and we”. Maytree President, Ratna Omidvar

Re-thinking Equalities: In Birmingham with Joy Warmington

Joy Warmington, CEO, brap, explains how inclusive approaches to equalities benefit everyone, irrespective of their ‘race’ or socio-economic status.

Eva Millona: Media as a Tool for Change

Eva Millona, Executive Director of Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) discusses her organization’s success in using the media as a tool for change.

Kim Clark: CBC Sports and Diversity with Joel Darling and Saphia Khambalia

Joel Darling and Saphia Khambalia from CBC Sports to talk about the role that sports programming has on diversity.

Interview: Irene Guidikova at Intercultural Cities

Irena Guidikova, the Head of Cultural Policy at the Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue Division of the Council of Europe, talks about intercultural integration and good practice in the Intercultural Cities network in Europe.

Omar Khan: On Financial Inclusion

This month we talk to Omar Khan at the Runnymede Trust (London) about financial inclusion and how it can help build a just society.

Ulrich Kober: Education and Integration

Each year the Carl Bertelsmann Prize honors innovative ideas and exemplary solutions to pressing social issues from Germany and internationally with the mandate of learning from the best examples in the world.

Focus on city partnerships: with Ricardo Gambetta

An interview with Ricardo Gambetta, Manager, Immigrant Integration Programs at the US National League of Cities. The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organisation representing municipal government in the United States….

Focus On Youth: an interview with Natalia Chan

Interview with Natalia Chan, Research Associate, Young Foundation: “Maslaha has been built on and inspired by conversations with young people right from the start.”

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