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Cities of Migration

Monday, April 12, 2010

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In this issue:
Financial inclusion = Financial opportunity
Interview from London: Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust
Measuring Up: PWC and Cities of Opportunity
Rethinking Remittances
Webinar Recap: Making the Grade in Toronto and Zurich Schools
Good Ideas on the Move: Dealing with Diabetes: Maslaha Project, London
News you can use: Remittances
Vancouver Winter Olympics and Dual Citizenship
New Conversations in Integration E-zine!

Financial inclusion = Financial opportunity

Financial inclusion and financial opportunity are two sides of a coin when we talk about the economic integration of migrants into today’s cities. This month we talk to Omar Khan at the Runnymede Trust about how financial inclusion underpins a range of social and economic issues and translates meaningfully into fairness and participation for newcomer and marginalized populations alike.

New Good Ideas in Integration include a look at Fair Finance, a London NGO that is offering a range of loan products to the ‘unbanked’ in London’s East End – and coming up in the black. At Barcelona Activa, a dynamic business incubator weaves social inclusion into the financial opportunities that immigrant entrepreneurs create for city growth and prosperity.

You can learn more about these Good Ideas during this month’s webinar, The Price of Admission: Strategies For Financial Inclusion. Join us on April 13, 2010, for fresh thinking, good questions and insider tips.

Go online for this month’s e-zine and more Good Ideas from Bologna, Chicago, Boston and Helsinki.

Do you have a story, photo, or Good Idea about financial inclusion and how to integrate migrants into the hum of the city? Let us know! Write to: citiesofmigration@maytree.com.


Omar Khan Interview from London: Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust

This month Cities of Migration talks to Omar Khan, the Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the Runnymede Trust, London, about financial inclusion, what it means, how it impacts everyday life and helps build a just society.


Measuring Up: PWC and Cities of Opportunity

How does your home city compare globally for diversity, easy of entry or purchasing power? PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has just released its third Cities of Opportunity report, and has given us a fresh lens for looking at the state of 21 global cities. Read more


Rethinking Remittances

"Migrants sent 32 billion euro to their former country of residence" – Eurostat’s newest figures (2008) say a lot about the generosity and industry of Europe’s migrants and invite us to think about the untapped economic capital that immigration represents. Read more


classroom Webinar Recap: Making the Grade in Toronto and Zurich Schools

Last month, our Learning Exchange featured the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Quality in Multicultural Schools (QUIMS) project from Zurich.  It was a positive session that showcased practical approaches to integration through education, demonstrating that it’s not only possible to help immigrant children succeed, but also that effectivel integration supports institutional change and helps empower whole communities.  

Interested in more detailDownload the Integration Through Education PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Why not re-play the whole event?   Watch the Webinar Recording!


Maslaha Good Ideas on the Move: Dealing with Diabetes: Maslaha Project, London

Congratulations! Maslaha has been awarded the Diabetes UK Shared Practice Award 2010.  Developed to serve a pre-dominantly Muslim Bangladeshi community in London’s Tower Hamlets, Cities of Migration recognized Maslaha as a Good Idea in Integration for its innovative and practical approach to developing culturally sensitive resources and tools for health promotion.

More updates on our Good Ideas:


News you can use: Remittances

For more news, see the Integration News Update and recent additions to the Library.


olympic rings Vancouver Winter Olympics and Dual Citizenship

During the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics, Kirin Kalia, Editor, Migration Information Source, found herself thinking about what citizenship means when country-switching athletes demonstrate the same global mobility as other skilled immigrants. Between bobsled and snowshoe events, Kirin shared her thoughts. Read more


New Conversations in Integration E-zine!

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Featured Good Idea

Mainstreaming the Chinese Business Community
Bologna, Italy

Helping ethnic businesses conform to legal and regulatory practice results in better social and economic integration. Read more


Upcoming Events


Webinar - The Price of Admission:

Financial Inclusion Strategies for Migrants
April 13, 2010

Join Cities of Migration for 60-minute discussion on services in Barcelona and London that meet the needs of people who are financially excluded -whatever their gender, race or postcode.

Register Now
for Free Webinar


Contact Cities of Migration

Cities of Migration Secretariat (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Reva Seth, Communication Coordinator
Evelyn Siu,  Program Coordinator
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