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Cities of Migration

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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In this issue:
Welcome to Canada! Municipal Leadership in Immigrant Integration
Cities Are the Unofficial Welcome Wagon for Newcomers
Access Without Fear: Building a City of Sanctuary
Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary: Building A Nation of Equals
Deborah Littman and Citizens for a Living Wage
Racism Free Edmonton
What Cities Said: Montreal and Greenwich on Building Inclusion with Sport
Good Ideas in the News

Report: Canada Welcome to Canada! Municipal Leadership in Immigrant Integration

The latest snapshot of city leadership and innovation in our municipal good practice series is ready! Find stories from Canadian cities large and small – Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Saskatoon and Richmond Hill. From fighting discrimination to mentoring newcomers, local governments are addressing important community concerns.

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


photo: Karen Leibovici Cities Are the Unofficial Welcome Wagon for Newcomers

Karen Leibovici, President, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, describes how municipalities are at the very heart of the immigrant experience:

“Cities are the unofficial welcome wagon, directly and indirectly providing services, and delivering a quality of life that is essential to creating welcoming communities and ensuring the success of new Canadians.”

>> Read the Opinion


image: information desk Access Without Fear: Building a City of Sanctuary

On February 21, 2013, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to formally adopt measures to ensure resident non-status or undocumented immigrants can access essential services such as emergency care and protection.

While the City of Toronto has long had an informal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, with Access Without Fear, Toronto joins the ranks of 36 cities in the US and 14 cities in the UK that have adopted similar policies allowing all residents access to municipal services, regardless of immigration status.

>> Read the Good Idea


photo: Naheed Nenshi Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary: Building A Nation of Equals

In 2010, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi made headlines around the world when he was elected as the first Muslim mayor in North America. In this excerpt from the annual John Kenneth Galbraith Lectureship in Public Policy (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Nenshi recalls how voters were more interested in his views on policy than his background, and appeals to all Canadians to share Canada's success story.

>> Read the Opinion


Deborah Littman and Citizens for a Living Wage

In 2005, London Living Wage (UK) launched a city-wide movement of active citizens and community leaders to pressure employers to pay all their employees a “living wage” and encourage consumers to support businesses that do. And, they’ve been successful. Now the Living Wage is coming to Vancouver…. and Toronto.

Deborah Littman attended the CollaborAction: Building Blocks Learning Exchange in Toronto on March 20 to talk about the London Living Wage.

>> Read the full article


photo: people on a stage in Edmonton Racism Free Edmonton

What would you do if you heard someone tell a racist joke, or use racist language? In Edmonton, Canada, 24,000 residents have pledged to speak up for a city free from racism.

Racism Free Edmonton (RFE) is the city’s commitment to action on discrimination and racism. In 2010, it launched a public awareness campaign, “I’m Committed to a Racism Free Edmonton” where residents committed to specific actions to eliminate racism. Today RFE offers anti-discrimination training to public institutions and community organizations.

>> Read the Good Idea


What Cities Said: Montreal and Greenwich on Building Inclusion with Sport

How can sport promote cross-cultural understanding, collaboration, and equality? In our recent webinar, Levelling the Playing Field: Building Equality and Inclusion with Sport, presenters from the Play It Fair program in Montreal, Canada, and the Charlton Athlethic Race & Equality Partnership (CARE) in Greenwich, UK, shared partnership strategies and participatory approaches to developing sport and recreational programs. The presenters shared these insights:

  • Use sport and games to illustrate teamwork and a participatory approach to problem solving
  • Find strategic partners whose mission aligns with yours to help your program grow
  • Engage key partners in the monitoring and evaluation process as part of the stakeholder engagement strategy

>> Read more or watch the webinar video


Good Ideas in the News

Facing 2020: developing a new European agenda for immigration and asylum policy. Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe launches a flagship series offering an analysis of the changed empirical and policy environment in which the European Union (EU) finds itself and the role the EU plays with respect to immigration policy. More

Council of Europe’s Anti-Racism Commission: Ireland. 
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published its fourth report on Ireland. More.

Recycling Hatred: Racism(s) in Europe Today. ENAR has launched episode three of its Recycling Hatred series: Are racist crimes really an issue in Europe? More

The Intercultural City Step by Step. The Intercultural City guide is designed for city leaders and practitioners wishing to learn from the “intercultural cities” experiment, a three-year pilot program run by the Council of Europe and the European Commission, in developing an intercultural approach to integration.

Global Detroit Annual Report 2013. Global Detroit is an effort to revitalize southeast Michigan’s economy strengthening Detroit’s connections to the world and making it more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, and foreign trade and investment. More 

Data Journalism Migration Coverage Project. Data-based pilot study by UNAOC and the European Journalism Centre looks into characteristics of migration coverage. 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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