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Cities of Migration

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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In this issue:
Maximum Cities
Saskia Sassen: Unscrambling Immigration
In Conversation with Suketu Mehta: The City Speaks
Bridging More Than the Digital Divide
2011 E Pluribus Unum Award Winner: Welcome Back Initiative!
Webinar Report: Community Policing
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Swapping Cards in London and New Haven!
Copenhagen: How do we retain skilled immigrants?
Good Ideas in the News

Maximum Cities

This month renowned urbanist and global thought leader Saskia Sassen talks about 'unscrambling' today's immigration policies. Twenty years ago, Sassen positioned cities as vital nodes in global networks powered by the dynamism and mobility of a new Urban Age. "Citiness" meant ideas and people working together. Here she returns to the mutuality of action and actor in a critique of immigration policies that fail to bring all of us to the table.

Piali Roy interviews internationally-acclaimed author, Suketu Mehta (Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found), about wooing immigrants in Detroit, urban villages within Mumbai and New York and why places like Jackson Heights and Hamtramck are the new cities of arrival.

Summer is almost here. Before school's out, take a lesson from Malmo and Frankfurt - join us on June 22 for a webinar, Opening Doors: Strategies of Immigrant Student Success!


Saskia Sassen Saskia Sassen: Unscrambling Immigration

Opinion @Cities of Migration

“We have an ‘immigration crisis’ every time we have a crisis about no-matter-what,” says Saskia Sassen, one of the foremost thinkers on the “global city’ today.

"Designing better policy to govern immigration means abandoning an array of cherished policies and beliefs about how the world works and what are desirable aims."

>> Read Opinion


Suketu Mehta In Conversation with Suketu Mehta: The City Speaks

Interview @Cities of Migration

Writer Suketu Mehta (Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found) immigrated with his family at the age of 14 to New York City. Here he talks about the role of migrants in cities around the world as well as his new project on today's immigrants in his adopted hometown. 

"I’m what one might call Generation 1.5. Not the first generation or the second generation but somewhere in-between. That is what has made me a writer. I am always betwixt and between, happiest in transit."

>> Read Interview


Computers in homes Bridging More Than the Digital Divide

New Good Ideas in Integration: Wellington

Can a computer and internet access improve integration outcomes for refugee children and their families?

Computers in Homes (CIH) in Wellington, New Zealand, is building inclusion one click at a time. Their program to bring computers and the internet to low income and refugee background families has led to successes that go far beyond the classroom.

>> Read about the Good Idea


2011 E Pluribus Unum Award Winner: Welcome Back Initiative!

Cities of Migration congratulates the Welcome Back Initiative, 2011 winner of the E Pluribus Unum Award, which recognizes and honours exceptional immigrant integration initiatives across the United States.

We recently profiled the Welcome Back Initiative, a program in San Francisco that offers assistance to internationally trained health professionals. Learn more by watching our latest Healthy Communities Webinar!  

>> Read full article


Community Policing Webinar Report: Community Policing

Missed last month's Learning Exchange webinar?

Webinar and multimedia resources are now available to give you the inside scoop on great community policing stories from Cardiff (Wales) and Newport News (US). With: Constable Vince Donovan (Cardiff, UK) of the Cardiff E.S.O.L. Police Project and Sergeant Xavier Falero (Newport News, US) of the Hispanic Outreach Initiative. Watch the webinar recording!

>> Read full article


Juan Camilo On the Trail of Good Ideas: Swapping Cards in London and New Haven!

Good Ideas about successful integration practice are easy to export and are traveling from city to city. This month meet: Juan Camilo, London Project Manager, Migrants’ Rights Network, London, UK.

The Good Idea that really caught my eye was: The Municipal ID Cards for Inclusive and Safe Communities by the New Haven Mayor’s Office.

Why? This idea caught my eye because it is not common to see public authorities devising policies with the aim of including irregular migrants… It is brave for a Mayor to take this approach when public debate is so polarised.

>> Read full article


Copenhagen: How do we retain skilled immigrants?

MindLab, Denmark's "cross-ministerial organization for citizen-centred innovation," recently tackled the issue of retaining skilled immigrants. Watch as Christian Bason, head of MindLab, speaks about how the unit demonstrated what makes skilled migrants leave and how to fix it.

>> Read full article


Good Ideas in the News

MIPEX continues its multi-country Migrant Integration Policy Index launches: in the United States; in Portugal; and in Poland. Take a look at our Featured Video from Portugal, created by British Council Portugal. 

Welcome to Shelbyville is a documentary looking at life in small-town USA where longtime residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees. It aired on PBS on May 24, 2011. More

OPENCities Conference: OPENCities and Economic Recovery: why city openness matters during recession, Brussels, May 25, 2011. Registration now open

Cities of Opportunity, 4th Edition, 2011: The report analyzes and ranks how 26 global centers of finance, business and culture perform across 10 key indicators. More

New report! "Living together: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st century Europe" from the Council of Europe Group of Eminent Persons. More

Transatlantic Trends in Immigration: new reports from Alphabet City - GMF, MPI and SVR. More

Calgary: Talking Mentoring. Allies (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies) held a national conference on May 5-6 where participants learned how mentoring can thrive in the workplace through innovative practices from immigrant employment councils, employers and service delivery agencies from across Canada. More

Tuning in to Diversity Conference 2011, May 27-28.  The Hague hosts MiraMedia's media conference with a focus on social and community media as well as new opportunities for an independent (immigrant) voice in the public debate. More 

National League of Cities, City Practice Brief:
Immigrant Integration: Resource Access and Cultural Exchange. More



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Upcoming Webinar

Opening Doors: Innovative Strategies for Immigrant Student Success
Date: June 22, 2011

Join us for a 60-minute webinar to learn about innovative strategies that promote immigrant student success. For educators in Malmo and Frankfurt, unlocking opportunity for academic achievement means testing new ideas and working inside - and outside - the classroom.

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Featured Good Idea

Jumping Ahead with Math!

Toronto, Canada

The New York Times recently profiled this innovative program (part one and part two) that mainstreams educational opportunity through math success. Read the Good Idea.


Good Ideas Video Gallery

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

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