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Cities of Migration Newsletter

Friday, June 26, 2009

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In this issue:
Working Solutions: Integration Workshops for Cities
Good Ideas: Refugee stories from Sheffield, Leicester and London
‘Successful integration is no accident’ – meet the Bertelsmann Foundation
Cities of Migration in Berlin
New! Multilingual website!
Learning Exchange Update

Working Solutions: Integration Workshops for Cities

Kerpen, Germany
Developing integration strategies with migrants, not for migrants.

Successful integration is no accident, as the cities and towns dealing with the issue firsthand know better than anyone else. Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German foundation committed to serving the common good, has developed a series of innovative integration workshops to address local capacity for inclusive integration planning and sustainability.

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Good Ideas: Refugee stories from Sheffield, Leicester and London

Refugee Week is a UK wide programme of events which celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK. This year, during the week of June 15-21 cities and communities across the UK coordinated activities to raise public awareness of some of their newest neighbours, colleagues and friends. Some good ideas on the integration of refugees are listed here.

From Sheffield:

From Leicester:

From London:


‘Successful integration is no accident’ – meet the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a private operating foundation in Germany dedicated to serving the common good. Bertelsmann is also a founding partner of the Cities of Migration initiative and a leading contributor to the integration field in Germany and internationally.

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Cities of Migration in Berlin

On June 16 – 18, Cities of Migration participated in a series of meetings hosted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Berlin. On June 17, members of the Cities of Migration team from Toronto, London, Gutersloh and Auckland attended an extraordinary meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, on the topic of "Integration at the Local Level - Diversity, Social Cohesion & the Descendants of Immigrants."

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New! Multilingual website!

Cities of Migration is now available in German and in French! This month we released our multilingual website to open up access to our Good Ideas in Integration for urban audiences in German and French-speaking regions.

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Learning Exchange Update

Past events:
The following webinars are now available in downloadable format. Take an opportunity to view these international forums "live" with all the chat and interaction:
 June 2009          
Working Solutions: Lessons from local communities on integration strategies
 April Dealing With Diabetes and Other Everyday Dilemmas: The Maslaha Project
 March Routes to belonging: the role of cities in the civic and political integration of immigrants

    Upcoming events:
    July 28/29, 2009 Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy


    Featured Good Ideas

    Play It Fair! - Equitas
    Montreal, Canada

    Teaching children about equality and respect for diversity using a human rights approach

    "Now, everyone with curly hair or who wears glasses go to Saturn!" It is summer and the children at day camp in Montreal are playing a game designed to promote the core human rights values of cooperation, respect, fairness, inclusion, respect for diversity, responsibility and acceptance. More


    Upcoming Webinar

    Webinar, July 28/29, 2009

    "Fulfilling the Promise: Integrating Immigrant Skills into the Urban Economy"

    From Toronto and Auckland, please join us for the next webinar TRIEC’s top-down approach to labour market integration. Learn about how corporate leadership can help you and your city benefit from the so-called "immigrant advantage"

    July 29 in New Zealand and Australia (note time zone)
    11:00 - 12:00AM in Auckland NZ
    9:30 AM in Adelaide
    9:00 in AU (Melbourne Sydney, Brisbane)

    July 28 in Toronto and western North America (note time zone)
    16:00 in Vancouver and Los Angeles
    19:00 in Toronto (I.T. HOST)

    Register online


    Save the Date

    14th International Metropolis Conference
    Copenhagen, September 14 – 18, 2009

    "From Cities of Migration to Open Cities: travelling with diversity towards prosperity".
    A presentation on migration and urban prosperity from Cities of Migration and OpenCities.



    Contact Cities of Migration

    Cities of Migration Secretariat (Toronto)
    Kim Turner, Project Leader
    Evelyn Sui, Communications (webinars)
    For all regions, including UK, EU and NZ, contact:


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