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Cities of Migration

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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In this issue:
New Report! Practice to Policy
Policy Insights from the Field
Lessons from Local Leadership
Good Ideas from Successful Cities

New Report! Practice to Policy

report coverIn Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership on Immigrant Integration, we look at what successful municipal practices can teach us about the impact of good policy and strong leadership. Four international experts contribute analysis and policy insights on the range of municipal levers available to promote both immigrants and city success.

Practice to Policy highlights policy solutions that make sense in both local contexts and within the frameworks of national immigration strategies.

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


Policy Insights from the Field

Ratna Omidvar


Ratna Omidvar (Maytree) opens the collection with a reminder that as Jane Jacobs observed the level of government closest to the people is best positioned to serve the people.


Audrey Singer

Migration and the Metropolis

Audrey Singer (Brookings Institution)paints a picture of shifting metropolitan immigration patterns in North America and internationally.


Roland Roth

'Rich and Happy': Local Initiatives for the Integration of Migrants

Roland Roth (Magdeburg-Stendal University) discusses the shift in how cities think about immigrants – as a key to urban prosperity. 

Myer Siemiatycki

Taking It to the Streets: A Municipal Role in Immigrant Integration

Myer Siemiatycki (Ryerson University) explores the ways integration influences and is influenced by our public spaces.

Jan Niessen

National Policies and Local Realities in Immigrant Integration

Jan Niessen (Migration Policy Group) looks at how national policy interacts with local policy, commenting on gaps and convergences.


Lessons from Local Leadership

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As the essays in this report demonstrate, local governments in leading cities are taking action to encourage conditions that welcome and integrate immigrants into economic, social and political life. Drawing on these analyses, Cities of Migration has developed a list of practical recommendations to guide the immigrant integration efforts for both local governments and community.

>> Read the recommendations


Good Ideas from Successful Cities

Good Ideas from Successful Cities coverA walking school bus. A living library. Community ambassadors, anti-rumour agents, and urban citizens. The mayor. Whether it's immigrant entrepreneurship or women's health, disaster planning, football scores or community policing, the Municipal Leadership report series has something for you. 

Read success stories from cities across Europe, North America and Australasia 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.

Download the main reportpolicy report and country reports - Spain, Germany, United StatesNew Zealand and United Kingdom - or visit the full Municipal Leadership collection online.


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Upcoming Webinars

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

Join Adolfo Hernandez, Director, Office of New Americans, City of Chicago in conversation with Suzette Brooks Masters, Program Director, J.M. Kaplan Fund of New York.

February 5, 2013

More information


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Levelling the Playing Field: Building Equality and Inclusion with Sport

Learn how two 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.

January 30, 2013

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Talking Policy: Big Ideas Webinar

Watch Practice to Policy contributors 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.

Webinar recording and resources


Contact Cities of Migration

Maytree (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Piali Roy, Writer/ Web Editor
Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator
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