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Cities of Migration

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

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In this issue:
Participating at the Ballot Box
Interview @ Cities of Migration: Cem Özdemir
Turin: Bibliomigra brings the library to the people
How Rome became La cittŕ di Asterix
The Vote is in! Political Inclusion for All!
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Mobilizing from Los Angeles to Copenhagen
Integrating immigrants – Canada is third, but we can do better (MIPEX)
Good Ideas in the News

Participating at the Ballot Box

Civic engagement? Active citizenship? What’s another phrase for political participation? This month’s conversation invites Cem Özdemir, co-chair of the German Green Party, to talk about political life in Germany and the influences that shaped his political outlook.

While popular democratic uprisings sweep across the Maghreb and Egypt, citizen campaigns in Boston and classrooms in Toronto are taking strategies for registering the immigrant vote all the way to the ballot box.

In the US and Canada, grassroots movements to mobilize city leaders behind local voting rights can look to Dublin and cities in 18 EU member states for inspiration. Political participation is one of the seven themes addressed by the new MIPEX III report: Canada ranks third behind Sweden and Portugal in integration policies for migrants.

The power of ideas to shape change is celebrated all over the world today. For International Women's Day, we visit a new project from London-based Maslaha, and showcase women in integration.

The best thing about politics? Like spring, change may be just around the corner.

- Cities of Migration


Cem Ozdemir Interview @ Cities of Migration: Cem Özdemir

In January 2011, Maytree President Ratna Omidvar spoke with Cem Özdemir, co-chair of Germany’s Green Party, about life as a politician in Germany. The son of Turkish "guest workers", Özdemir is the first party leader in Germany to come from an immigrant background. This also means he has become the de facto expert on immigration and integration issues for his party.

Watch the Video: Cem Özdemir talks about a city where migrants are integrated and part of the city – Buenos Aires.

>> Read the full interview


Bibliomigra Turin: Bibliomigra brings the library to the people

Once a week, a book-laden three-wheeler arrives at the Balon Flea Market in the Porta Palazzo, Europe’s largest open-air market. This is the Bibliomigra, a mobile lending library with 2000 books circulating in 14 languages. Anyone can get a’library card’ – identity documents are unnecessary – and books can be loaned for two weeks.

>> Read full article


La citta di Asterix How Rome became La cittŕ di Asterix

In 2008, journalist Carlotta Mismetti Capua began a Facebook group to tell the story of her encounter with four Afghanistani boys on a bus in Rome. They had traveled on their own overland to get to La cittŕ di Asterix, their name for their destination city, Rome. Although they would soon split up and mostly scatter throughout Europe, Capua helped put together a short video to highlight the lives of migrant children.

>> Read full article


Alejandra Bravo The Vote is in! Political Inclusion for All!

Last month’s Cities of Migration webinar series presented Ballot Box to Podium: Mobilizing Immigrant Voters and New Leadership, a city-to-city conversation between Alejandra Bravo, Maytree's School4Civics (Toronto), and Eva Millona, MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy, Boston), on the political participation of diverse communities.

The full webinar recording and resources are online. Find transferable lessons, tools and learn more about organizing a successful media campaign, as well as building a training program and leadership network for new candidates.

>> Read full article


Beatriz de Hernandez On the Trail of Good Ideas: Mobilizing from Los Angeles to Copenhagen

Good Ideas about successful integration practice are easy to export and are traveling from city to city. This month Beatriz Hernandez de Fuhr, from Copenhagen, Denmark, finds some answers from a Good Idea about mobilizing the vote from Los Angeles. Do you have a story to share? Submit a good idea!

Meet: Beatriz Hernandez de Fuhr, Mentor Network Coordinator, KVINFO (Danish Centre for Information on Gender, Equality, and Ethnicity), Copenhagen, Denmark

The Good Idea that really caught my eye was:
From Los Angeles, The Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action’s (PILA) Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Toolkit for mobilizing people into action.

In Denmark, not enough women, and of course, not enough immigrant women, are involved in political life...

>> Read full article


Mipex cover Integrating immigrants – Canada is third, but we can do better (MIPEX)

On February 28, Maytree hosted the Canadian release of the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) with an online press conference.

This was the third MIPEX release of data that compares Canada to 30 other countries (27 EU member states, Norway, Switzerland and the US).

Canada scored third, which is worth celebrating. But, as with all data, scratching below the surface tells us that we have areas for improvement.

>> Read full article


Good Ideas in the News

Toronto: The City goes Big with the CivicAction Summit: At the CivicAction Greater Toronto Summit 2011, the agenda was full of great talk about big ideas, but discussion regarding diversity and multiculturalism was never far away. More.

Hamburg Tulip Prize: On March 31, the Hamburg Tulip prize will recognize an outstanding community project that is making a positive contribution to multi-ethnic diversity in Hamburg. More.

US City Mayors Play Key Role in Promoting Immigration Reform: Cities count! Read about the key leadership roles played by US mayors in the launch of the “Partnership for a New American Economy.” Led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this national coalition of US mayors and business leaders makes a powerful economic case for immigrant integration and immigration reform.

Rate your City at the OPENCities Monitor: OPENCities has developed a new city benchmark to measure a city's openness over 11 areas (migration, diversity actions, education, international presence, etc.) and with 54 internationally comparable indicators. This tool allows cities to develop openness and integration programs while highlighting problem areas or areas of particular success. For more information on the program, visit OPENCities Monitor.

Immigration: Bringing the World to Canada: Vancouver hosts the 2011 Metropolis Conference, March 23 - 26, which will focus on the role of immigration in connecting Canada with the rest of the world. The conference will include six plenary panels and over 100 workshops and round table sessions with an anticipated participation of approximately 1,000 participants. More.

Diaspora Dialogues Call for Submissions: Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature of Toronto that is as diverse as the city itself. The annual publishing/mentoring program invites submissions from emerging in the Greater Toronto Area of short stories, poetry or creative nonfiction. More.

New UNESCO-UNHabitat report: Read about Cities of Migration (p. 414) in a new collection of essays on: How to enhance inclusiveness for international migrants in our cities: various stakeholder views. Special Issue of: Human Settlement and Socio-Cultural Environment, 61 (2010) UNESCO-UNHabitat.

Housing Update from URBACT: After reading our story about the Leeds Housing Strategy, our colleagues at URBACTshared their work on Housing. Urbact is a European exchange and learning programme promoting sustainable urban development. The URBACT Project SUITE, The Housing Project, focuses on social and urban inclusion through housing in 9 cities (Krakow, Newcastle, Rennes, Tallinn, Nantes, Santiago de Compostela, Hamburg and Medway). See the full article in The URBACT Tribune (2010): A 'New Social deal' for stable living.


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Upcoming Webinar


Community Policing: Finding Common Ground with Immigrant Communities

Join Cities of Migration online for a 60-minute webinar to learn about successful outreach strategies in community policing from Cardiff, UK, and Newport News, US, that build confidence and promote public safety within diverse communities. 

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Featured Good Idea


Improving Housing, Empowering Communities

Leeds, United Kingdom

The success of a local housing strategy helps set a strategic community-wide agenda for local government. 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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