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Cities of Migration

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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In this issue:
Ensuring Diversity Becomes an Asset for Everyone
Neighbourhood Mothers in Neukölln
Getting Credit for Credentials
New Report: Mentoring Improves Employment Outcomes for Skilled Immigrants
Policy, Politics and Participation
Associated Press: "Illegal Immigrant" No More
Run Local: New Americans and the 2013 Municipal Elections
What Cities Said: Bremen and Saskatoon on Recruiting and Managing a Diverse Workforce
Creating Spaces of Safety and a Culture of Welcome
Good Ideas in the News

photo: Thorbjorn Jagland Ensuring Diversity Becomes an Asset for Everyone


Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, believes that the key to integration is the interaction between migrants and the receiving society. Empowering newcomers to build their sense of belonging is the “only appropriate policy choice in a democratic society.”

Read Thorbjørn Jagland’s opening essay to the Council of Europe’s Building Migrants’ Belonging through Positive Interactions: Guide for Policy-Makers and Practitioners.

>> Read the Opinion


image: childish drawing of people in a row Neighbourhood Mothers in Neukölln

The award-winning Neighbourhood Mothers project in Berlin’s Neukölln district trains local women of migrant background to provide advice and support to newly-arrived women and their families. These peer-to-peer relationships allow the neighbourhood mothers to become mentors and leaders as new families learn how to access services and settle into life in Germany.

>> Read the Good Idea


photo: holding the prize Getting Credit for Credentials

When the Regional Municipality of York (Canada) decided to diversify its workforce, it realized that many skilled immigrants were at a disadvantage because of their unrecognized foreign credentials. Unable to find the right tool to help assess international experience, York Region developed its own easy-to-use guide. Designed to promote an effective hiring process, it encourages hiring decisions based on merit and does not exclude any candidates.

>> Read the Good Idea


New Report: Mentoring Improves Employment Outcomes for Skilled Immigrants

The results are in. Mentoring helps newcomers find jobs that match their skills and talent. Mentoring is built on a simple idea: connecting an internationally-trained professional with their local counterpart. As a new Maytree report shows, one year after the start of their mentoring relationship, unemployment among this group dropped from 73% to 19% while average full-time earnings increased by more than 60%.

>> Read about the report


photo: Fidele Mutwarasibo Policy, Politics and Participation


How does policy influence the political integration of migrants in Europe? Cities of Migration asked Fidele Mutwarasibo of the Irish Immigrant Council to discuss his Institute of Public Affairs report, The Challenge of Dealing with Third Country Nationals’ Political Participation.

>> Read the interview


Associated Press: "Illegal Immigrant" No More

Can a person be illegal? Not according to the Associated Press which removed the phrase “illegal immigrant” from its stylebook as an incorrect term with a negative bias. "The Associated Press got this right, no human being is illegal,” responded journalist-turned-activist Jose Antonio Vargas in The Washington Post. “Now it’s time for other news outlets to follow the AP’s lead and end it for good.”

>> Read the AP blog post


report cover: Run Local Run Local: New Americans and the 2013 Municipal Elections

The New American Leaders’ Project predicts that the November 2013 US municipal elections will be a key year for engaging in the “new American electorate.” The Washington, D.C.-based organization makes the case for targeting resources to identify and groom promising candidates from these communities at the local level, mobilize and engage diverse voters, and support the development of policies that are responsive to all.

>> Read about the report


photo: Mubarka Butt What Cities Said: Bremen and Saskatoon on Recruiting and Managing a Diverse Workforce

As major employers, cities are in a unique position to model a positive approach to hiring immigrants and managing a diverse workforce. In our recent webinar, Cities at Work: Recruiting and Managing a Diverse Workforce, presenters from the municipalities of Saskatoon (Canada) and Bremen (Germany) shared HR strategies to developing a more diverse and representative civil service.

>> Read more or watch the webinar video


photo: Sarah Eldridge Creating Spaces of Safety and a Culture of Welcome

City of Sanctuary seeks to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. Casper ter Kuile, at Common Cause, spoke to Sarah Eldridge about the UK “Sanctuary City” of Sheffield.

>> Read the story


Good Ideas in the News

Immigrants in a Changing Labor Market: Responding to Economic Needs. Migration Policy Institute examines the role of immigration in meeting U.S. labour market needs and makes a case for more flexible policies. More 

Journeys of Belonging: an original multimedia project from the UNAOC and British Council takes an in-depth look at the personal narratives of 17 men and women of a diverse range of ages, backgrounds and religions. More

Call for Papers: The Promise of Urban Citizenship: Lessons for Europe. Citizens for Europe invites academics, practitioners, politicians and engaged citizens to express their distinct views and knowledge on the topic of urban citizenship. More

Paving the Way for Integration: The Pathways to Citizenship in France and the United States. A new report by the Migration Policy Group provides an update of the MIPEX country profiles for France and the United States as well as a comparative report on the path to citizenship in both countries. More 

Hidden Talents, Wasted Talents? A new report from the European Network Against Racism details the positive economic and social contribution of migrants and ethnic minorities. More

Webinar: Strategic Communications for Community Engagement: On April 24, 2013, Welcoming America’s Fostering Community Engagement and Welcoming Communities Project provides technical assistance to the nation’s refugee resettlement network, offering new tools and support. More

Sustainable Cities: Foundations and Our Urban Futures. European Foundation Centre holds its 24th Annual General Assemply and Conference to discuss what role that foundations can and should play to ensure a sustainable urban future. Copenhagen, May 30 to June 1, 2013. More

Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Annual Conference and Trade Show: Canada's largest national municipal conference will be hosted in Vancouver, Canada on May 31 - June 3, 2013. More 


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Upcoming Webinar

Receiving Communities: Preparing a Culture of Welcome

April 30, 2013

This webinar is the first in a series of Welcoming Cities webinars, co-hosted with Welcoming America.

Learn how small-to-medium cities like Boise, United States, and Erfurt, Germany, are successfully bringing newcomers and receiving communities together with innovative programs and a clear message about the two-way benefits of immigrant integration.

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Good Ideas from Successful Cities

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A selection of city-led policies and practices that are accelerating the settlement and integration of newcomers and helping build resilient, welcoming communities. 

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Visit the online Municipal Leadership Series to find country reports from Canada, Germany, Spain, United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand.


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In a curated video gallery, Cities of Migration showcases Good Ideas in Integration from cities all around the world.

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