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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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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


photo: Alan Broadbent and Ratna OmidvarFive 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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Top Good Ideas 2012

Relying on Immigrant Networks: Business Network Aachen 
The city establishes local immigrant network to develop international economic opportunities

Fighting Fiction with Facts: the BCN Anti-Rumour Campaign
City council enlists community agents to dispel myths about immigrants and fight discrimination with facts and good humour

Engaging in Copenhagen 
Taking a Diversity Charter to the business community

Diversity Moves Frankfurt 
Hitting the virtual highway for a public consultation on integration

Immigrant Businesses Get a Helping Hand
Supporting immigrant entrepreneurs before problems arise

Citizens for Citizenship
Citizenship ceremonies bring communities together in celebration

Bringing Maori Culture to Newcomers: The Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy
A collaborative approach connects newcomers with Maori, the people of the land

Top Webinars 2012

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

In Conversation: Top Stories

Demetrios Papademetriou, Migration Policy Institute and The Transatlantic Council on Migration
Rethinking National Identity in the Age of Migration 

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DiverseCity onBoard Learning Exchange 
Building a Movement of Diverse Decision-Makers Internationally

Bertelsmann publication cover
Fundación Bertelsmann and Cities of Migration
Quince buenas ideas: gestión de la diversidad cultural en las ciudades (PDF) 
(Good Ideas: Diversity and Inclusion in Cities. Barcelona 2012.)

Irene Guidikova, Council of Europe 
Intercultural Cities

Ricard Ricard Zapata-Barrero, GRITIM-UPF (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
Myth of Tolerance

Sarah Spencer
Sarah Spencer, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford University
Super-diversity and the City

* Top stories tabulated through an analysis of website metrics

Looking ahead 

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.


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Upcoming Webinar

Leveling the Playing Field: Building Equality and Inclusion with Sport

January 30, 2013

Learn how youth-focused programs in Greenwich (UK) and Montreal (Canada) are using the power of sport and games to cultivate cross-cultural understanding, empathy, equality and fair play.

More information


Upcoming Webinar

Chicago’s New Americans Plan: Building a Thriving and Welcoming City


Aldolfo Hernandez, Director, Office of New Americans, City of Chicago 

Save the date! February 5, 2013

The Chicago New Americans Plan identifies 27 initiatives that will make Chicago the “most immigrant friendly city in the nation.” The first of its kind in the U.S., the Chicago Plan highlights the economic impact that can be achieved when cities develop smart strategies to attract and retain immigrant talent and expertise.


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