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Friday, October 26, 2012

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In this issue:
New Releases: Good Ideas from Successful Cities!
Community First: Christchurch’s Emergency Response
Semana Intercultural: Valladolid’s Week of Sharing Ideas and Cultures
Building an International Movement of Diverse Decision-Makers
Everyday Policing for Equality
Uniform, Transparent, Effective? On Recognizing Foreign Credentials in Germany
Los Angeles to Adopt New Haven's Municipal ID Card
From Stuttgart: Go for Naturalization!
Talking Cities of Inclusion: From Toronto to Almeria
Good Ideas in the News

photo: publication covers New Releases: Good Ideas from Successful Cities!

Whether it's educating the next generation in New Haven, or sharing a Maori welcome in Wellington, successful cities everywhere are putting out the welcome mat.

Two new reports are available in our municipal good practice series, snapshots of city leadership and innovation in the United States and in New Zealand. Look for the UK snapshot next month.

In September we introduced you to our new report series on Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration. These stories of city success offer a compelling narrative about how local governments are leading the way, using their considerable power and authority to leverage their diversity, unlock opportunity and jump start the economy with immigrant skill, talent and hard work. 

Upcoming! An exploration of the policy implications of cities as laboratories of immigrant integration. Experts from Berlin, Brussels, Toronto and Washington will weigh in on the policies that shape the way that immigrants integrate into cities, and highlight lessons for municipal governments and local organizations.

>> View the complete list of reports on our publications page


Christchurch police Community First: Christchurch’s Emergency Response

“If you want to communicate well with culturally and linguistically diverse communities following disaster, don’t wait until something really bad happens. Get to know those communities now."

Being prepared made it possible for the New Zealand Police and Settlement Support New Zealand to respond quickly to newcomer and culturally diverse communities in Christchurch in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.

>> Read the Good Idea


photo: Valladolid Semana intercultural participants Semana Intercultural: Valladolid’s Week of Sharing Ideas and Cultures

It may seem odd that a Spanish city would celebrate the bicentennial of the independence of Latin American countries from Spain, but in 2010 the city of Valladolid made it an integral part of its VIIth Semana Intercultural.

Incorporating its colonial history into the celebrations of local immigrant groups from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador transforms the city’s annual intercultural event into more than a festival of ethnic songs and dances.

>> Read about the Good Idea


photo: Learning Exchange participant with microphone Building an International Movement of Diverse Decision-Makers

When the the Toronto-based program DiverseCity onBoard won a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Intercultural Innovation Award in late 2011, it opened a new chapter for the program, which matches governance bodies with qualified diverse candidates.

In early October, 26 delegates from 20 cities around the world arrived in Toronto to participate in a learning exchange to share their experiences and further develop their plans to introduce this program at home.

>> Read the full article


photo: two women laughing Everyday Policing for Equality

For over a decade, police in the UK have worked to overcome a reputation of institutional racism. Embedding equality and diversity principles into community policing has been critical in Leicester since it is projected to become Britain’s first majority-minority city.

Today Leicestershire Constabulary is widely recognized as a leader in the field of diversity and good community relations, and is at the forefront of recruiting officers and staff to reflect the diverse ethnic make-up of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

>> Read the Good Idea


photo: Daria Braun Uniform, Transparent, Effective? On Recognizing Foreign Credentials in Germany

Opinion @ Cities of Migration

Countries around the world are re-assessing how to treat the foreign creditentials of skilled immigrants. In Germany, the subject of accreditation, or the "recognition" (in German: Anerkennung), of international qualifications has received growing attention over roughly the last five years.

Daria Braun of the Otto Benecke Foundation shares her analysis of the current situation. 

>> Read Opinion


Los Angeles to Adopt New Haven's Municipal ID Card

What began as a ground-breaking initiative in New Haven by Mayor John DeStefano now has the makings of a movement. Los Angeles is the latest city to announce it will adopt a municipal ID card for all Angelenos, including undocumented residents, to provide access to city services as well as banking.

It's a perfect example of a Good Idea that is travelling!

>> Read the full article


photo: Ayse Ozbabacan From Stuttgart: Go for Naturalization!

Good Ideas about successful integration are travelling from city to city. This month meet Ayse Özbabacan, Policy Officer, European City Network for Local Integration Policies (CLIP), and the Department for Integration Policy, City of Stuttgart.

"The Cities of Migration Good Idea that really caught my eye was the 'The Building Citizenship Program' from Toronto."

>> Read the Full Article


Talking Cities of Inclusion: From Toronto to Almeria

Alejandra Bravo, Manager of Maytree's School4Civics programme (Toronto), shares impressions and lessons learned from Almeira, Spain, where she attended the “Urbanism Planning: An Instrument for Social Integration” conference hosted by MENARA. She talks about the Canadian experience of immigrant integration and what Canada can learn from Europe.

>> Read the full article


Good Ideas in the News

Webinar Video: Investing in Urban Prosperity in Munich and Philadelphia. In our previous webinar, presenters shared tips for how local governments can foster immigrant entrepreneurship and contribute to economic development. More

Investing in the Human Capital of Immigrants, Strengthening Regional Economies. Audrey Singer of the Brookings Institute examines how regions can invest in the human and economic capital of immigrants, and highlights initiatives that work to unlock and build their skills. More 

Shaping the Future: Canada’s Rapidly Changing Immigration Policies. A new Maytree report by Naomi Alboim and Karen Cohl describes recent changes to national policy, and their implications for how Canada is perceived by potential immigrants and the future social and economic fabric of the country. More

Cutting out an Irritating Word. PressEurop reports that the Belgian newspaper De Morgen(Walloon) will no longer use the term "allochtoon" – "a term used in the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium to designate immigrants or their descendants, but contested by those who believe it to be a stigma." More

Our Day: Standing together for International Migrants Day. Migrants Rights Network launches its new campaign for organizations and individuals to show a united front in support of migrants in the UK for International Migrants Day. More

Cities of Tomorrow, Action Today. URBACT's Annual Conference 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark, December 3-4, 2012, presents URBACT project results and lessons, and invites cities to weigh in on key issues. More

2012 E Pluribus Unum Prizes at NIIC. Exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in human services, on-the-job instruction, education and citizenship were honoured at this year’s award ceremony in Baltimore at the National Immigrant Integration Conference. Hosted by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, the awards recognize exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States. 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. Deadline: November 20, 2012. 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

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. More


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Upcoming Webinar

Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership

International policy experts Jan Niessen and Myer Siemiatycki analyze innovative local practices and discuss the role that municipal governments and other local actors can – and should – play in shaping immigration and integration policy.

October 31, 2012

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Good Ideas from Successful Cities

A selection of 39 city-led policies and practices that are accelerating the settlement and integration of newcomers and helping build resilient, welcoming communities.

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Better Business: Integrating the Chinese Business Community into the Mainstream

photo: Chinese garment workers

Bologna, Italy

Helping ethnic businesses conform to legal and regulatory practice results in better social and economic integration

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Good Ideas Index

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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 travelling 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


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