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Cities of Migration Newsletter

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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In this issue:
This Month: Youth Participation and Migrant Voice
Belonging/Chez Nous/ Pertencer: Finding Identity Through Film
Focus on Youth: an interview with Natalia Chan, Maslaha Project (London)
Gaming Goes Political: ICED
Good Ideas Update: Filming the City of Sanctuary

This Month: Youth Participation and Migrant Voice

This month, Cities of Migration looks at different ways that migrant youth are leading and contributing to social change, and what they have to tell us about the migrant experience in our cities. Stories of identity and belonging invite us all to think about how our stories can shape, distort or reflect the communities we live in.

It is the focus of our December webinar, "Youth Participation and Migrant Voice," which features the cities of Paris, London, Lisbon and Toronto.

Good Ideas in action: Youth-themed integration stories include a literary project in Toronto; a community leadership initiative in Oldham and Manchester. More


Belonging/Chez Nous/ Pertencer: Finding Identity Through Film

Getting a snapshot into someone else’s experience and perspective is often the fastest way to realize how much we actually have in common.

Organised by Manifesta and Runnymede, the Belonging Project brought together young people from Paris, Lisbon and London to make and then share short films that explore the themes of belonging and identity. More


Focus on Youth: an interview with Natalia Chan, Maslaha Project (London)

This month, Cities of Migration asks Natalia Chan (pictured, right), Research Associate with the Young Foundation (London) to tell us how youth contribute to and shape the work at the Maslaha Project. More

For more on the Mashala Project see: Dealing With Diabetes: The Maslaha Project and Dealing With Diabetes and Other Everyday Dilemmas: The Maslaha Project.


Gaming Goes Political: ICED

Move over, Pacman. With slick graphics, high tech features and an urban soundtrack, ICED (I Can End Deportation) is engaging American youth on the issue of illegal immigration in a whole new way: videogames. It’s free, 3D and downloadable. Interested in learning more?


Good Ideas Update: Filming the City of Sanctuary

Have a look at this new short film that tells the story of the City of Sanctuary movement, and showcases some of the wonderful stories of friendship and hospitality between people seeking sanctuary and local communities.

Read the Good Idea: Cities of Sanctuary, Communities of Welcome.


Featured Good Ideas

Oldham, United Kingdom
Peacemaker, All People, All Communities

Initially, PeaceMaker's aim was simple: to create opportunities for young people to meet and befriend other people from different communities and ethnicities. More

The Porta Palazzo Flea Market
Turin, Italy

On a typical Saturday in the city of Turin, 100,000 visitors descend on Porta Palazzo, Europe's largest open-air market. For over 150 years, this sprawling market has offered a cornucopia of footwear, clothes, house wares, toys and food from across Italy and around the world. More


Upcoming Events

From Paris, Oldham, Lisbon, London:
Webinar on Youth Participation and Migrant Voice

December 1, 2009

Join Cities of Migration for a free 60-minute webinar on projects from Manchester, Paris, London and Lisbon that looks at the active participation of young people in community development and their views on identity and belonging. More

Register Now for Free Webinar


Save the Webinar Date!
Webinar: Municipal Action on Integration: Exploring Public Private Partnerships

January 19, 2010

Join Cities of Migration and Grantmakers for Immigrants and Asylum Seekers (GCIR) on January 19 for a 60-minute discussion of integration strategies for municipal leaders. Stay posted for details.


Contact Cities of Migration

Cities of Migration Secretariat (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Evelyn Siu, Communications (webinars)
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