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Cities of Migration

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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In this issue:
Coming Soon! Good Ideas from Successful Cities
From Philly to Hogtown: Steven Wray
From Hope to Fraternity: Marseille Espérance
We Are New York Project
Bremen’s "You are the key…for your future and your city" Campaign
On the Trail of Good Ideas: Kerpen to Boston
Two New Reports from Open Society Foundations - London and Paris
What Cities Said: Tenerife and Toronto on Civic Participation
Good Ideas in the News

Report cover Coming Soon! Good Ideas from Successful Cities

In September, look for our new report on Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration, a selection of nearly 40 city-led policies and practices that are accelerating the settlement and integration of newcomers and helping build resilient, welcoming communities. Together with a series of short country reports, these stories of innovation and city success demonstrate how local governments are leading the way, using their considerable power and authority to create an equal, shared and just society. Themes include:

  • Inclusion, Paricipation, Belonging
  • Cities at Work
  • Welcoming Communities
  • Urban Prosperity
  • Leadership 

>> View the list of Municipal Good Ideas


photo: Steven Wray From Philly to Hogtown: Steven Wray

Interview @ Cities of Migration

Cities of Migration spoke to Steven T. Wray, Executive Director, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. He was visiting Toronto as part of the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange. This project takes city leaders out of their everyday work to introduce them to new ideas and leaders in other cities. Past exchanges have included Chicago, San Francisco, and Atlanta. Steven talks about the importance of city-to-city learning.

>> Read the Interview


logo: Marseilles Esperance From Hope to Fraternity: Marseille Espérance

Marseille Espérance was established by the Office of the Mayor in 1990 to acknowledge the importance of community identities in the public sphere and open lines of intercultural dialogue. The first of its kind in Europe, the forum’s unique formula (“peaceful and open secularism”), allowed the mayor to bring together the city’s religious leaders (Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists) with the aim of encouraging harmony and understanding amongst all Marseille citizens, regardless of their origins, culture or religion. Members of Marseille Espérance meet regularly with the mayor to address the social needs in the city.

>> Read the Good Idea


photo: video still We Are New York Project

How do you reach 1.8 million adult New Yorkers who need help with English? Try an award-winning television series, also available online, called We are New York (WANY), and supplement it with city-wide conversation groups led by residents from all walks of life.

>> Read the Good Idea


photo: young man Bremen’s "You are the key…for your future and your city" Campaign

When officials in the city of Bremen investigated why so few young people with a migrant background were applying for the city’s many training positions, they learned that civil service jobs were rarely considered an option. This group had few family members, friends or contacts who worked for the municipality.

To recruit this largely untapped population, Bremen embarked on the “You are the key” campaign.

>> Read the Good Idea


photo: video still On the Trail of Good Ideas: Kerpen to Boston

Good Ideas about successful integration are traveling from city to city. This month meet Sister Lena Deevy, Executive Director, Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC), Boston.

The Cities of Migration Good Idea that really caught my eye was the Integration Workshop for Inclusive Cities from Kerpen, Germany.

>> Read the Full Article


photo: publication cover Two New Reports from Open Society Foundations - London and Paris

The Open Society Foundation's At Home in Europe project has released its final reports in its eleven-city Muslims in Europe series.

Muslims in Paris highlights the everyday experiences and rarely heard voices of Muslims living in the neighbourhood of La Goutte d’Or, situated in the city's multicultural 18th arrondissement while Muslims in London highlights the complexities around belonging and identity amongst Muslim and non-Muslim residents living in Waltham Forest, one of London’s 2012 Olympic boroughs.

In Paris, the qualitative research reveals that both Muslim and non-Muslim residents share a keen sense of belonging to their neighbourhood, city and country. In London, the research reveals that local not national identity is strongest for Muslims in Waltham Forest, but it is the reverse for non-Muslims in the borough.

>> Read about the Reports


What Cities Said: Tenerife and Toronto on Civic Participation

In our first Spanish-language webinar: From Integration to Civic Participation in June, presenters from Together in the Same Direction (Tenerife) and DiverseCity's School4Civics (Toronto) shared their experiences with projects that encourage civic participation in political life through network-building and training. The presenters offered these insights:

  • Integration at all levels of society creates a more united, highly developed, richer society
  • Community participation is the first step towards integration of newcomers
  • Networking will increase the reach and impact of your work 

>> Read more or watch the webinar video (in Spanish): From integration to civic participation


Good Ideas in the News

2012 National Immigration Integration Conference. Register for NIIC 2012, the signature event of the National Partnership for New Americans. NIIC 2012 is hosted by CASA de Maryland in Baltimore, September 22-25, 2012. More

2012 Create UNAOC Challenge. Launched by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, this contest invites developers to create new apps and mobile games that raise awareness and enable new opportunities for intercultural dialogue. More 

"Canada’s future success closely linked to a successful immigration program."
Maytree's Ratna Omidvar and Sandra Lopes on how Canada cannot continue to view immigration in a policy silo. Rather, immigration must be fully integrated into all aspects of Canadian public policy. More 

Global Detroit. Launch of new website includes profiles of Detroit immigrants, the Global Detroit Study, and links to the organization's eleven local initiatives. More

Citizens’ Resistance! For its 19th meeting, the Banlieues d’Europe network will examine the place and the role of culture as a form of citizen’s action and participation. November 21-23, 2012, Turin. More

Call for papers, The Intercultural City: Exploring an Elusive Idea, Venice, Italy. November 29-30, 2012. The SSIIM UNESCO Chair invites the submission of papers on the notion of the "intercultural city" within the context of increasingly diverse urban societies. Deadline for submission: September 9, 2012. More

EUKN Annual Conference 2012, Essen, Germany, December 7. The 5th annual conference of the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN), looks at the topic of shrinking populations in EU cities. Organized with the Ruhr Regional Association and the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. More


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Upcoming Webinar

September 19, 2012

Investing in Urban Prosperity: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration

Learn how innovative local governments in Munich and Philadelphia are investing in employment and small business incubation strategies to ensure local immigrant skills, talent and energies can help transform their cities into engines of economic growth and urban prosperity.

Register now


Taking the Swedish National Diversity Plan to School

photo: children in a classroom

Malmö, Sweden

Exemplary implementation of the National Diversity Plan in Sweden - integration through education

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Read about the Good Idea


Good Ideas Index

Search Good Ideas by themes in English, French, German, Spanish


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.


Share Your Story!

At Cities of Migration, our Good Ideas about successful integration practice are traveling from city to city.

They 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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