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Cities of Migration

Friday, December 17, 2010

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In this issue:
Big Ideas Ahead
Opinion @Cities of Migration
Interview with Eva Milona, MIRA Coalition
City Leadership: A View from the Top
Radio, Diversity and the Business of Ideas
Global Thoughts on Multiple Migrations: from Author Ali Eteraz
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Cycling from Copenhagen to Dublin
Town Hall Perspectives on Integration

Ratna Omidvar Big Ideas Ahead

How does migration help cities grow, prosper, gain a competitive edge and 21st century smarts?

With our December issue, we are launching Opinion @Cities of Migration,  a new series of "Big Ideas" from international opinion leaders that can help us understand the issues and accelerate integration success.

I am delighted to welcome Lord Bhikhu Parekh, esteemed emeritus professor at the University of Hull and a fellow of the British Academy to share his opinion on Local Identities in a Multi-Ethnic World.

Fielding ideas from cities across the world is what Cities of Migration is all about. Whether it's transformative corporate leadership or stories on the sports field and around the kitchen table, the ordinary commerce of urban life is rich with possibilities for inclusion and shared prosperity. Success is fertile ground for big ideas.

Best wishes and many more good ideas for 2011!

Ratna Omidvar
President, Maytree


Lord Bihkhu Opinion @Cities of Migration

Lord Bhikhu Parekh on Local in a Multi-Ethnic World

A decade after the groundbreaking Runnymede Trust "Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain" report, its chair, Lord Parekh, revisits the issues of race equality and multiculturalism in 21st century Britain. Bhikhu Parekh is emeritus fellow of political theory at the University of Hull and a fellow of the British Academy.

>> Read opinion piece


Eva Miliona Interview with Eva Milona, MIRA Coalition

Using media as a tool for change has been a winning strategy for Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). Eva Millona, Executive Director of MIRA, discusses her organization’s success in using the media as a tool for change and how social media is the next big idea on an agenda to win over the "skeptical middle" voter and gain new political clout.


>> Read interview


City Leaders Panel City Leadership: A View from the Top

City leaders were challenged to share their vision of what it takes to create successful cities of migration at our recent conference in The Hague, From Migration to Integration: An Opportunity Agenda for Cities.

Notwithstanding language, geography and the perennial question of size, all our panelists agreed on the essentials:

Migration is both an opportunity and a driver of city success and diversity is among its greatest assets.

>> Read lessons from our city leaders


Radio, Diversity and the Business of Ideas

"Radio is ultimately an ideas business and this means if you want to change the ideas at the story meeting table, you have to expand the range of perspectives sitting at that table." For Susan Marjetti, Managing Director for CBC Radio, TV and Online, CBC Radio's diversity strategy really took off when it moved inside the broadcasting organization to look at its hiring and recruitment practices.

>> Read full article


Ali Eteraz Global Thoughts on Multiple Migrations: from Author Ali Eteraz

Ali Eteraz, traces his personal journey from a madrassa in Pakistan, to the deep South, a post 9-11 New York, and then onto Europe, humorously addressing the identity and cultural conflicts he faces along the way.

The award winning author of Children of Dust joined us as a featured speaker at the 2010 Cities of Migration Conference to talk about his experience "trafficking in stories" - particularly those that reflect the increasingly complex and shifting nature of multiple migrations.

>> Read full article


Gerry Folan On the Trail of Good Ideas: Cycling from Copenhagen to Dublin

Good Ideas about successful integration practice are easy to export and are traveling from city to city. This month Gerry Folan, from Dublin, Ireland, gears up for a Good Idea on city cycling from Copenhagen. Do you have a story to share? Submit a good idea!

Name & Position:
Gerry Folan, Head Office for Integration, Dublin City Council

The Good Idea that really caught my eye was:
The Copenhagen Cycling initiative for immigrants in the city.


Well, it's an integration idea that the City of Dublin could replicate - particularly given the recent policy shift to create a bike-friendly city.

>> Read full article


Townhall Town Hall Perspectives on Integration

Speakers at the 2010 Cities of Migration Conference represented a wide range of sectors and interests, from city governments, to local and international NGOs, advocacy groups and media, to the private sector and academics. We share some of their key points with you here, and invite you to watch the highlights from our video gallery.


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Upcoming Webinar

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On January 25, 2011, join Cities of Migration to explore successful strategies from Boston and Toronto that promote the political participation of immigrant communities.

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Featured Good Idea

Auckland, New Zealand

Swimming in Safe Water

Helping the city build a water safety culture for migrant communities. Read more.


Good Ideas Video Gallery


In a curated video gallery, Cities of Migration showcases good ideas in integration from cities all around the world.

Watch the videos on our Youtube channel.


Contact Cities of Migration

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


Submit a Good Idea!

At Cities of Migration, our Good Ideas about successful integration practice are traveling from city to city.

Our Good Ideas also travel from reader to reader. We want to share these stories with you.

Do you have a Cities of Migration story to share? Contact us: citiesofmigration@maytree.com


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