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In this issue:
Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: It’s the Economy, Stupid!
Fighting Fiction with Facts: the BCN Anti-Rumour Campaign
Sir Richard Leese: Listening to Local Leadership in Manchester
When a Mayor Mentors
Incubating Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Webinar Video
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Developing a Diverse Workforce in Hamburg and Hamilton
Conversations in Integration
Good Ideas in the News

Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration

Cities are major players on the global migration stage. Local governments are waking up to the impact of immigration, building inclusion into public policy while responding to new opportunities for business development and infrastructure design. 

Mayoral voice and leadership can direct policy and also change hearts and minds. City leaders like Mayor Bloomberg of New York City are helping re-frame how we think about immigration. 

Starting this month, Cities of Migration launches Good Ideas from Successful Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration. We invite you to share outstanding examples of city leadership on immigrant integration. So how do successful cities do it? We want to know more about how local governments use the instruments and authority of public office to promote immigrant and city success.

Share your city's story and be the next Big Idea @ Cities of Migration! Entries will be accepted until January 30, 2012.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg: It’s the Economy, Stupid!

Opinion @ Cities of Migration

As the mayor of New York City and the co-chair of the Partnership for a New American Economy, Michael Bloomberg has dramatic ideas on how to change US immigration policy and strengthen the country’s economy. Who else has said that turning away skilled immigrants is 'national suicide?'

"We desperately need immigrants who want to come here to work, who have the skills our companies need to succeed. The American dream cannot survive if we keep telling the dreamers to go elsewhere."

>> Read Opinion


Fighting Fiction with Facts: the BCN Anti-Rumour Campaign

Misconceptions about immigrants exist everywhere.

But the Barcelona City Council is working to change that by enlisting community 'anti-rumour agents' to dispel myths about immigrants and fight discrimination with facts and good humour. From its comic books to tongue-in-cheek videos, the project brings a sense of play to anti-discrimination work.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Sir Richard Leese: Listening to Local Leadership in Manchester

Interview @ Cities of Migration

As part of Good Ideas from Successful Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration, we are asking mayors and city leaders for their views on immigration, local initiatives and ideas that inspire from cities around the world.

Here we asked Sir Richard Leese, Leader of the Manchester City Council, a place known as the world's first industrial city and a destination for migrants for generations. 

>> Read Interview


When a Mayor Mentors

When Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi got a call for his office to participate in an immigrant mentoring program, he could not have been more surprised by his intern's previous job experience.

>> Read the City Dispatch


Incubating Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Webinar Video

What can the city of Vienna and Helsinki teach us?

More cities and local authorities recognize that immigrants are a fast growing group of new entrepreneurs. City-led business agencies in Vienna (Mingo Migrant Enterprises) and Helsinki (EnterpriseHelsinki) are taking the lead in finding new entrepreneurs and being the first to ask "how can we help you?" in the language they understand. By offering a multilingual one-stop shop with business counseling services, loan advice and coaching, immigrant entrepreneurs are trained to understand their new business environments.

Our newest webinar video shares the strategies behind incubating immigrant entrepreneurial success

>> Watch the video now!


On the Trail of Good Ideas: Developing a Diverse Workforce in Hamburg and Hamilton

Good Ideas about successful integration practice are easy to export and are traveling from city to city. This month meet Tim Rees, Manager of the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, Canada.

The good idea that most recently caught my eye was "We are Hamburg! Won't you join us?"

Why? The municipality of Hamilton has just completed a work force audit. In finding that the municipal workforce is not representative of the diversity of the population it serves, the City's Human Resources Department is considering appropriate methods to address this.

>> Read Full Article


Conversations in Integration

  • London: TedX EastEnd Talks Migration. More
  • Calgary: Employment Forums go Face-to-Face. More
  • The Rising Phoenix in Arizona. More


Good Ideas in the News

All Immigration is Local. A new report and toolkit by the Centre for American Progress suggests that more attention needs to be given to the needs of receiving communities to help them prepare for demographic changes. The aim is to highlight projects can be replicated. More

Smart Cities, Global Talent. A Globe & Mail article on Cities of Migration cites Hamburg, Barcelona, Copenhagen, New York, Auckland as smart cities worth watching: "On immigration, Canada could learn from world capitals." More

WISE-5 (Winning Strategies for Immigrant Entrepreneurship): Our most recent webinar on immigrant entrepreneurship was covered in WISE-5's blog. More  

Harvard Business Review Video: Managing Values Across Cultures: Management thought leaders share their ideas on values in business. More

European Task Force On Irregular Migrations: Five Country Reports, September 2011 More

Muslims in Marseille: Newest research report is the ninth in the Muslims in EU Cities series produced by the Open Society Foundations’ At Home in Europe project. More

Clench: What Are You Fighting For? A new short film by UK's Generation 3.0, a project aiming to end racism within a generation, tells the story of Ash, a mixed race girl and her experiences of racism. More  

New report: "A Fair Day's Pay: The Movement to End Wage Theft"by Nik Theodore, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. More  

Global Talent for SMEs: Practical Ideas to Connect Small and Medium Businesses with the Skilled Immigrant Workforce, a new report by ALLIES. More


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Upcoming Webinar


Closing the Gap: City Leadership on Employment and Workforce Diversity

November 23, 2011

Join Cities of Migration for a free international webinar to learn about employment strategies from two municipalities, Hamburg and Copenhagen, who have built a strong campaign and delivered results in their commitment to workforce diversity.  This webinar is co-hosted with Open Society Foundations’ At Home in Europe Project.

>> Register now (free)


Featured Good Idea


Language-Wise in the Global Classroom
New York City, US

An innovative urban high school invites immigrant youth back to the classroom to learn
from one another

This Good Idea is also featured in the Marketplace of Good Ideas, NIIC 2011, Seattle

Read about the Good Idea


Cities of Migration takes the 'Marketplace of Good Ideas' to Seattle!

National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC)
October 24-26, Seattle, US

Co-presented with the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Cities of Migration will host a whirlwind tour of five outstanding US practices, all E Pluribus Unum Award winners, and five international practices from Toronto, London, Barcelona, Kerpen, and Auckland that have demonstrated the power of local initiatives to make immigrant integration a success.

Learn more about the Marketplace


Good Ideas Video Gallery

Gallery of videos

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
For all regions, including UK, EU, US, and NZ, contact:


Good Ideas Index

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