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Cities of Migration

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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In this issue:
Meet Your Neighbours
Chicago's Plan for a Thriving, Welcoming City
Why We Need Lessons from Local Leaders
Brookings Institution: Metros Are on the Front Lines of Immigration Reform
The Open Library Welcomes the World at Home
Making Diversity Work for Cities: The View from Intercultural Cities
City to City Learning: From Boston to Toronto to Chicago
Toronto Explores Municipal Voting for Non-Citizens
Good Ideas in the News

photo: working around a table Meet Your Neighbours

What happens when you take a group of girls from three different schools – one Muslim, one Roman Catholic and one secular – on a two-day trip to get to know one another? They learn about each other, discuss their different beliefs and cultural traditions, and most of all discover the many things they have in common.

Meet Your Neighbours is one of several projects undertaken by Blackburn with Darwen Council to overcome its reputation as one of England’s most segregated cities.

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photo: Adolfo Chicago's Plan for a Thriving, Welcoming City

In the year since Chicago's Office of New Americans opened, Director Adolfo Hernandez has spearheaded Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ambitious plan to make Chicago “the most immigrant-friendly city” in the U.S.

In an interview with Suzette Brooks Masters of New York's J.M. Kaplan Fund, Adolfo describes how the 27-point New Americans Plan emerged through intense community consultations and the need to find innovative solutions to program funding in a tough economy.

>> Read the Interview


Practice to Policy cover Why We Need Lessons from Local Leaders

The strong interest in our latest report, Practice to Policy: Lessons from Local Leadership suggests city leaders and practitioners are eager to learn from one another. Maytree's Policy and Communications Officer, Bonnie Mah, comments on why both municipal governments and community organizations must work together to further the process of inclusion. 

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Brookings Institution: Metros Are on the Front Lines of Immigration Reform

Last month, U.S. President Barak Obama’s second inauguration speech thrilled the country’s immigration reform sector. The Brookings Institution has responded with a reminder that national leaders must learn from the “experiences of the country’s metropolitan areas, home to 95 percent of the nation’s immigrants… As such, they have been and continue to be on the front lines of the debate over immigration policy.”

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Madrid Open Library The Open Library Welcomes the World at Home

How does a library make itself truly welcoming and inclusive in today's diverse society? In Madrid, the Open Library project (Biblioteca Abierta) created "cultural interest centres" within its branches, each with bilingual intercultural mediators in languages such as Romanian and Arabic. Newcomers can find books in their first language, have access to Spanish language training, and even attend job training workshops and breakfasts for intercultural activities.

>> Read the Good Idea


Making Diversity Work for Cities: The View from Intercultural Cities

Last week, representatives from over 60 European cities met in Dublin to celebrate five years of the Intercultural Cities initiative and its mission to test “a culturally competent approach to integrating diverse communities.” Cities of Migration Project Leader Kim Turner reports back from ICC’s Milestone event on how European cities are putting diversity to work and what’s ahead for cities that want to realize the “diversity advantage.”

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Eva Millona City to City Learning: From Boston to Toronto to Chicago

Since receiving an Intercultural Innovation Award from UNAOC last year, DiverseCity OnBoard has been hard at work sharing its success at diversifying board governance with other interested community organizations. Cities of Migration had a chance to catch up with one of its new partners, Eva Millona of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). In this video, Eva reflects on learning from the success of others, about bringing DiverseCity onBoard to Boston, and a MIRA project that's travelling to Chicago.

>> Watch the Video


Toronto Explores Municipal Voting for Non-Citizens

Last month, Toronto City Council re-opened a discussion on the issue of municipal voting by non-citizens, joining cities like Dublin and Oslo where all residents have the right to cast their ballot at the local level and are actively encouraged to vote. Indeed, Dublin's city framework for integration makes voting rights the key to immigrant empowerment.

>> Read the Post


Good Ideas in the News

United Nations World Youth Report 2013: Youth Migration and Development. The UN is preparing its latest report on youth migration and has launched an online, interactive discussion platform to hear the views of young migrants and young people affected by migration. More

Encampment Map, 5th Edition. MIGREUROP presents the latest mapping of detention sites in Europe and beyond. More

Beyond the bottom line: The challenges and opportunities of a living wage. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Resolution Foundation reports on the value, costs and impacts of implementing the living wage in the UK. More

Illinois Governor signs driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants into law. A thirteen-year campaign results in legislation that will enable 250,000 undocumented immigrant motorists in the US state to apply for a Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s Licenses. More 

State of the Nation: Where is bittersweet Britain heading? A new report from British Future finds that immigrants to Britain are the most optimistic about its future. More 

Diversity in Europe: The Challenge of Dealing with Third Country Nationals’ Political Participation. Fidele Mutwarasibo of the Immigrant Council of Ireland writes: "Diversity is the norm in many European cities and towns. However, this diversity has not been reflected in political institutions so far. This is at the heart of the debate on the political rights of migrants who live among us." More

Visas Inc: Corporate Control and Policy Incoherence in the U.S. Temporary Foreign Labor System. Global Workers Justice Alliance reports on the landscape of American employment as it is dramatically altered by an expanding system of guestworker visas. More

Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities. The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society reports on the increasing resistance to refugee resettlement in communities across the US. The report, the first of its kind on the subject, was funded by the J.M. Kaplan Fund. More

15th National Metropolis Conference: Building an Integrated Society. Conference will explore research and policy priorities in the areas of immigration, integration, diversity and identities from March 14-16, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. More

E Pluribus Unum Prizes. The Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy holds its annual competition for exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration. Deadline for the applications closes at 9 pm ET April, 12, 2013. More


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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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City Mondial: Looking Forward from the Past

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