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Cities of Migration

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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In this issue:
Good neighbours
Opinion @Cities of Migration
The New Haven Promise: Mayor DeStefano Strikes Again!
Re-thinking Equalities: In Birmingham with Joy Warmington
The New "Fortune 500" at DiverseCity onBoard
Kudos for Kalayaan
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Mentoring Champions of Change
Good Ideas in the News

Good neighbours

Canada and the United States have always been good neighbours. Notwithstanding different histories, borders and institutions, our cities, like all global cities, have much in common and much to share.

Last month’s webinar brought together Good Ideas from Boston and Toronto to talk about building community capital through the political participation of new immigrants and leadership. View the webinar recording and resources!

And this month’s Opinion takes its inspiration from the great US civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, talks about inclusion and its promise to our generation.

We are happy to announce the support of another good neighbour, the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This year Cities of Migration will take a closer look at outstanding work being done to accelerate immigrant integration in communities across the US.

Hot or cold, wherever your season, stay healthy! That's the theme of this month’s issue of Conversations in Integration.

- Cities of Migration


Ratna Omidvar Opinion @Cities of Migration

Inclusion = All of Us
Ratna Omidvar,
President, Maytree Foundation

Inclusion is a challenge, and one that many other countries, including Germany and Canada, share.

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”.

>> Read Opinion


New Haven ID Card The New Haven Promise: Mayor DeStefano Strikes Again!

Last year we featured the New Haven municipal ID card for city residents regardless of citizenship. New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, the trailblazer who introduced the municipal ID has launched a new program and a new alliance, this time with one the most prestigious educational institutions in the US, Yale University. The New Haven Promise gives local high school students an opportunity to further their education, by paying for their tuition at state universities and colleges - whatever their status.

>> Read full article


Joy Warmington Re-thinking Equalities: In Birmingham with Joy Warmington

Joy Warmington, CEO of brap, an equalities and human rights charity, based in Birmingham, UK, talks about how more progressive and inclusive approach to equalities can create opportunities that benefit everyone, irrespective of their ‘race’.

>> Read Interview


Ed Castro The New "Fortune 500" at DiverseCity onBoard

Extra! Extra! 500 new perspectives in the boardrooms of the GTA! The DiverseCity onBoard roster has just hit an important milestone. The program has connected 500 city leaders with opportunities to serve on boards, agencies and commissions across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Why is this important? Because it means that more than 500 minority leaders in Toronto have been propelled into positions of leadership inside the corridors of power.

>> Read full article


Kalayann Bird Kudos for Kalayaan

Kalayaan, a migrant rights organization in London that supports migrant domestic workers, was one of five organizations to win the Guardian Charity Awards 2010. Kalayaan was part of the Trust for London's Modern Day Slavery special initiative, which marked the bicentenary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in the UK with a special initiative aimed at improving the position of people vulnerable to exploitation. 

>> Read full article


Carolina Duque On the Trail of Good Ideas: Mentoring Champions of Change

Good Ideas about successful integration practice are easy to export and are traveling from city to city. This month, a Cities of Migration conference participant in The Hague takes a good idea from Toronto, the Mentoring Partnership, and brings it home with her to Round Lake Park in the US. Do you have a story to share? Submit a good idea!

Meet: Carolina Duque, Executive Director, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Round Lake Park, Illinois, USA

The Good Idea that really caught my eye was:
TRIEC's Mentoring Partnership from Toronto is an innovative way to bring together skilled immigrants and professionals to develop a mutually beneficial relationship.

The Mentoring Partnership is a model that can be replicated and adapted to other communities. In our case, we are developing a system where math tutors help immigrants prepare to pass their GED test [high school equivalency test]. We realize the importance of having a skilled labor force and the role that immigrants play in helping their communities advance economically...

>> Read full article


Global City Good Ideas in the News

London: Fair Finance is working with the Better Banking Campaign to ensure financial institutions serve the interests of all people, businesses and third sector organizations equally. Full Article

Auckland to Seattle: Auckland's Walking School Bus has traveled to Seattle where it supports local safety and child health initiatives. Full Article

New York: Upwardly Global has launched a new web-based program to accelerate immigrant employment: Careers for New Americans guide

London: Migrants' Rights Network releases a new video on immigration in contemporary London: Migrants for London, London for Migrants

The Freedom From Fear Award: A new national award that honours ordinary people in American communities who commit extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Full Article

Global City 2011, Abu Dhabi, March 15-17, 2011: Visionary Values for Sustainable Cities. Greg Clark hosts The Leaders’ Panel; followed by breakout session on migration and identity, stories of integration. Registration and details

Internationalisation of OpenCities: New case studies on how cities benefit from the internationalisation of its population (Miami, Singapore, Capetown, Zurich)

Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices: New report on US cities from the National League of Cities' Ricardo Gambetta. Read the report

“Designing Diversity” (Diversität gestalte): Bertelsmann’s new publication re-visits integration in 20 German cities five years after they were recognized by 2005 Carl Bertelsmann Prize, Integration In Local Communities

Health insights from the new Transatlantic Trends on Immigration: In continental Europe, where public healthcare is the norm, majorities were in favor of granting both legal and illegal immigrants access to both emergency and general healthcare. Read the full report from The German Marshall Fund.


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Upcoming Webinars

Health Webinar

Healthy Communities: Immigrants Helping Immigrants Access Health Care

On February 23, 2011, join Cities of Migration online to explore innovative strategies for connecting internationally trained health workers and immigrant patients to the health care system. Meet experts from San Francisco (USA) and Hannover (Germany).

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Canadian MIPEX III Release! Immigration in International Perspective

On February 28, 2011, join us online to find out how Canada scores on the latest international ranking of immigration policy. Speakers include: Jan Niessen, Director, Migration Policy Group (Brussels) and Howard Duncan, Executive Head, Metropolis (Ottawa).

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Featured Good Idea

Barcelona Karakia

Karakia: Cooking Up Inclusion

Barcelona, Spain

Televisió de Catalunya produces a cooking show that promotes cultural understanding by bringing regional cuisine and real people together for dinner. 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.


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


Contact Cities of Migration

Maytree (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Piali Roy, Writer/ Web Editor
Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator
Aisling Riordan, Program Assistant
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