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In this issue:
Living Together in the City
Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes: Listening to Local Leadership in London
Nazia Hussain: Cities Leading by Example
Team London and the Mayor's Mentoring Scheme
Congratulations to DiverseCity onBoard!
Submit Your Good Idea!
Diversity Moves Frankfurt
Taking Teachers on Community and Faith Walks
Webinar Video: City Leadership on Employment and Workforce Diversity
Good Ideas in the News

Living Together Living Together in the City

This month, we introduce a new collection, Living Together: Good Ideas Promoting Inclusion. These local initiatives show us how great cities prosper and thrive on the values of openness and inclusion. They convey an important message: participate! Cities are the economic engines of today's economy, but they are also the neighborhoods and city spaces we call home. Whether it's enjoying city parks, sharing a meal or community volunteering, the way we participate and interact in the urban spaces of daily life is important to our sense of identity, belonging and quality of life.

Inspired by the work of the Open Society Foundations' At Home in Europe Project, this collection focuses on initiatives that bring us together, foster mutual understanding and help dispel myths and prejudice. What a great way to herald in a new year!

Best wishes from Cities of Migration!


Richard Barnes Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes: Listening to Local Leadership in London

Opinion @ Cities of Migration

As part of our 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 future plans.

"I remember when the Mayor [Boris Johnson] asked me to be responsible for this area [inclusion]. I said, 'You know, we’ll never be able to measure when we’re successful. We’ll only know when we failed.' And he laughed and said, 'Yes.'"

>> Read Opinion


Nazia Hussain Nazia Hussain: Cities Leading by Example

Interview @ Cities of Migration

Nazia Hussain is the Director of the At Home in Europe project at the Open Society Foundations. We asked Nazia about her work and the role of local government in promoting effective integration policies and practices.

"The economic downturn has an impact on all communities and severely tests policies towards community cohesion and integration. City administrations have a special role in this time which is to ensure that short term solutions do not impact on longer term prosperity and cohesion."

>> Read Interview


Team London Team London and the Mayor's Mentoring Scheme

It's a win-win situation when a city recognizes community initiative and brings its leadership on board.

That's what happened in London when Mayor Boris Johnson connected his mentoring initiative to provide positive role models for disadvantaged young teenagers with a city-wide volunteering program. Team London, in turn, was inspired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Service.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Cathy Winter Congratulations to DiverseCity onBoard!

Last month DiverseCity OnBoard traveled from Toronto to Seattle to share its model of good board governance at the US 2011 NIIC conference. Now DiverseCity OnBoard has won second prize at the Intercultural Innovation Awards held as part of the fourth UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Forum in Doha. The project was chosen from over 400 proposals from 70 countries considered for the award.

DiverseCity onBoard manager Cathy Winters talks about why diversifying leadership is important and what has made the project a success story for over 500 aspiring leaders in Toronto.

>> Read full article


Submit Your Good Idea!

We invite you to share outstanding examples of city leadership on immigrant integration. How are local governments using 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.

>> Learn more about Municipal Good Ideas


Diversity moves Frankfurt Diversity Moves Frankfurt

Frankfurt made waves when it opened the first Office of Multicultural Affairs in Germany over 20 years ago.

In 2009, it launched an extensive city-wide effort to revise its pioneering concept of integration. And it did so through the help of its citizens and a smart internet campaign that look for answers to the statement, "I am a Frankfurter because...".

>> Read about the Good Idea


Taking Teachers on Community and Faith Walks

How do you make schools more community-oriented? By getting teachers to visit where their students feel most at home - on their streets and in their places of worship.

The Toronto District School Board encourages inner-city teachers to explore the neighbourhoods where they work – to better understand the challenges children face as well as to connect with parents in a less formal manner.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Webinar Video: City Leadership on Employment and Workforce Diversity

In November, the cities of Copenhagen and Hamburg joined us to talk about what local authorities can do to recruit local diversity into public office and how cities can benefit from this contribution of skill, innovation and talent.

"The city is where the pragmatics of policy is realized. Cities understand their communities, understand the nuances," said Nazia Hussain, Director of OSF's At Home in Europe project.

In Hamburg, a city initiative to increase workforce diversity leads to a new way of thinking. "Diversity...may lead to better service. Heterogeneous teams are better than homogeneous teams," explained Stefan Müller, project manager with the City of Hamburg.

Like the Green Movement, city leaders declare that "Copenhagen is now ready for the Diversity movement" –  despite a negative national debate on immigration.

>> To learn more, watch the video and presentation


Good Ideas in the News

The OMEGA Diversity Perception Audit 2011: A new diversity report from New Zealand highlights the views and perceptions of over 40 CEOs and HR Directors on the diversity landscape of New Zealand. More

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) celebrated its 60th Anniversary earlier this month with the release of its World Migration Report 2011 - Communicating Effectively about Migration. More 

New Report:
Immigrant Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in the GTA by Dr. Sarah Wayland explores whether self-employment and entrepreneurship can help lift new Canadians out of poverty in the Greater Toronto Area. More

MPI's Top Ten Migration Issues of 2011: The Migration Policy Institute annual Top Ten list includes the after-effects of the Arab Spring, investments to attract diaspora entrepreneurs and the public backlash against migrant detention. More

hireimmigrants.ca: ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies) presents the newly re-designed hireimmigrants.ca, a one-stop-shop website offering tools and resources to Canadian businesses looking to recruit, retain and promote skilled immigrants. More

Last month, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights held its annual conference where it launched a new report called Fundamental rights of migrants in an irregular situation in the European UnionMore

Every year Foreign Policy names its Top 100 Global Thinkers. Congratulations to two Cities of Migration thought leaders - Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of the Green Party, Germany, and sociologist Saskia Sassen

Good Ideas from Toronto: an Exchange of Immigrant Integration Practices. Watch the presentation of the Toronto delegates in Berlin (at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung). More


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Upcoming Webinar!

Living Together: City Strategies for Social Inclusion

Learn about strategic initiatives in Antwerp and Waltham Forest (London) that strengthen the capacity of city councils, civil society organisations and ordinary citizens to work together for more inclusive communities and strong democratic institutions.

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for more information


Hockey Night In Canada – In Punjabi!

Calgary, Canada

The show that keeps getting cancelled gets another reprieve! Multilingual sports commentary brings hockey fans together.

Read about the Good Idea


Good Ideas Index

Search good ideas by themes in English, French, German, Spanish


En español

Tenerife, España
Juntos en la misma dirección

Una red de grupos y asociaciones comunitarios genera confianza en la agenda para la integración de la ciudad.

Buena Idea


Auf deutsch

Wellington, Neuseeland
Zusammenarbeiten: Polizei und Migrantengemeinschaften

Handbuch für religiöse Vielfalt hilft der Polizei, die Beziehungen zu Minderheitengruppen zu verbessern. 

Gute Ideen


En français

Fort Wayne, Estados Unidos
Porte d’entrée à Little Burma

Les nouvelles villes-portes s'assurent que les nouvelles communautés comptent – et qu'elles soient comptées.

Bonne Idée


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
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