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Thursday, June 27, 2013

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In this issue:
Dublin's Transport Links, Racism Divides
Investing in Character: Calgary's Immigrant Access Fund
Why Loans for Immigrants Make a Difference
Rachel Steinhardt: Promoting Economic Prosperity
Vancouver Dialogues: Where the Gold Mountain Meets Turtle Island
Celebrating Good Ideas for World Refugee Day
#coveringmigration: Improving the Global Media Narrative about Immigration
Good Ideas in the News

photo: Dublin Anti-Racism Dublin's Transport Links, Racism Divides

Doing your job shouldn't make you the target of abuse. For frontline public transport workers with an immigrant background, the spectre of racism can add a disturbing edge. 

Dublin transport companies in partnership with the Irish Immigrant Council and the Dublin City Council have introduced an industry-specific anti-racism campaign to respond to the problem. The “Dublin’s Transport Links, Racism Divides” slogan and advertising are displayed by its public transport partners on buses, trams, suburban trains and around taxi stands.

>> Read about the Good Idea


photo: program participants Investing in Character: Calgary's Immigrant Access Fund

Take un- or underemployed skilled immigrants with tremendous drive and character, but no credit history, no assets, and no success with mainstream lending institutions. Mix in a community that sees incredible potential in its newcomer population and is willing to put their credit where their confidence is. What do you get? Calgary’s Immigrant Access Fund (IAF).

The IAF Loan Program provides internationally trained newcomers, regardless of occupation or training, with loans of up to $5,000 to help cover the costs to get back to work in their field in Canada.

>> Read about the Good Idea


photo: Vanessa Desa Why Loans for Immigrants Make a Difference


"We lend to people not based on where they are today, but where we believe they will be in the future."

Community-based loans have a flexibility that mainstream banking does not. Cities of Migration speaks with Vanessa Desa, President of Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) Canada, and Diane Fehr, IAF Alberta Executive Director, about how small loans can make a difference in the lives of newcomers.

>> Read the Interview


photo: Rachel Steinhardt Rachel Steinhardt: Promoting Economic Prosperity

“Civic leaders are catching on to what savvy businesses already know: diversity and immigration are opportunities that can improve prosperity for all.”

Welcoming America’s Deputy Director Rachel Steinhardt discusses how civic leaders are promoting their communities as welcoming places that can attract and retain a global workforce and maximize economic development opportunities.

>> Read the Opinion


image: Vancouver Dialogues Vancouver Dialogues: Where the Gold Mountain Meets Turtle Island

First Nations are one of Canada’s three founding nations, yet Aboriginal communities are largely absent from the national conversation about diversity and multiculturalism. This means that immigrant communities have little chance for interaction with Canada’s First Nation peoples and often maintain outdated stereotypes. The Vancouver Dialogues Project was created to change that, aiming to “build mutual understanding and respect” between indigenous and immigrant communities within the city through dialogue circles, community research, and a youth and elders program.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Celebrating Good Ideas for World Refugee Day

In honour of the June 20 celebration of World Refugee Day, we reflect on projects from around the world that aim to create opportunities for refugees in their new homes – from Wuppertal, Germany to Auckland, New Zealand.

>> Read the Article


image: twitter bird with #coveringmigration hashtag #coveringmigration: Improving the Global Media Narrative about Immigration

Interested in how the media is covering immigration? Do you think coverage needs improving? Then participate in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) social media campaign, #coveringmigration.

>> Read the Article


Good Ideas in the News

International Migration Outlook 2013. The OECD publication provides an analysis of recent developments in migration movements, covering the fiscal impact of immigration in OECD countries and the discrimination against immigrants. More

Immigrants Boost U.S. Economic Vitality through the Housing Market. New research by Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Partnership for a New American Economy finds that the 40 million immigrants in the United States have created $3.7 trillion in housing wealth, helping stabilize less desirable communities where home prices are declining or would otherwise have declined. More

Map of Local and Regional Authorities' Good Integration Practices. The European Commissioner for Home Affairs has launched on the European Web Site on Integration a map to see good practices in the area of integration. More

Making an IMPRINT: Skilled Immigrants in Pennsylvania. Presentation by Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians shows new data looking at barriers and opportunities for skilled immigrants. More

IMISCOE 10th Annual Conference: Crisis and Migration – Perceptions, Challenges and Consequences. Conference looks at the links between crisis and patterns of migration in, between and from various European countries. August 25-28, 2013. Malmö, Sweden. More

International Metropolis Conference  The New Mobility: Managing Growth, Security, and Social Justice. Conference examines the presumed role of migrants to sustain standards of living in many countries and its impact on policy with regard to security, social well-being, and social justic  September 9-13, 2013. Tampere, Finland. More

“Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” World Day for Cultural Diversity. The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) in partnership with UNESCO and various other partners from corporations to civil society has launched an online video contest aimed at engaging people around the world to support Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. Deadline: September 27, 2013. More 

National Immigrant Integration Conference. Hosts include the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Knight Foundation, and the National Partnership for New Americans. November 17-19, 2013. Miami, US. More


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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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Good Ideas Video Gallery

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

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