Greetings! Thanks to all for a wealth of good ideas in the past year and inspiring responses to difficult economic times. It’s been a exciting season at Cities of Migration. More cities than ever are listening to one another, sharing good ideas and building a new consensus about the importance of diversity and inclusion in our urban communities.
2012 highlights at Cities of Migration include a sparkling new report series on how cities are leading the way. Our Municipal Leadership reports showcase over 65 great ideas and smart solutions from local governments in 38 cities and 14 countries. The Living Together collection explores inclusion through the ordinary interactions that bring us together at home, work and play. We also celebrate new milestones – 100 Good Ideas in German and Spanish! (bientôt en français!).
This special end-of-the-year newsletter highlights some of the past year’s top Good Ideas, Webinars and Conversations.* In honour of International Migrants Day, Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, and Alan Broadbent, Maytree founder and Board chair, offer five good reasons why Canada is seen by many as one of the leading nations in the world in immigration.
Join us in the new year for the release of our latest municipal report Practice to Policy, more country snapshots, traveling good ideas and new ideas about civic engagement, financial inclusion and more. Happy New Year!
- Cities of Migration team
Five Reasons Canada Leads the World on Immigration
“December 18 is International Migrants Day, a time to reflect on the 214 million international migrants in countries around the world. It is also the eve of a new year.... Now might be the right time to take a look at the success that Canada has made out of immigration" – by Alan Broadbent and Ratna Omidvar, Maytree
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Antwerp and Waltham Forest
Living Together: City Strategies for Social Inclusion
Barcelona and Sheffield
Welcoming Cities: Municipal Leadership on Immigrant Integration
Brussels and Toronto
Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration
Dublin and Toronto
Count Us In: Building Citizenship through Participation
Munich and Philadelphia
Investing in Urban Prosperity: Municipal Leadership in Immigrant Integration
* Top stories tabulated through an analysis of website metrics
In January, we’ll be reporting out on what integration practitioners told us when we asked “Are Good Ideas Travelling?” The answer is ‘yes’ …and context matters less than you think. Next month, learn more about how sharing practice promotes peer-to-peer learning, builds communities of practice, reduces the cost, mitigates risk and fosters collaboration and new partnerships.