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Cities of Migration

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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In this issue:
Welcoming a New Community Partner: The Committee for Auckland
The Spirit of Hong Kong
Not Migrants and Immigration, but Mobility and Movement
Sunday in the Park: Hong Kong Domestic Workers Reclaim Public Space
Diversity Day: Today and Every Day in Mannheim
London's Employability Forum
Local Integration Requires Long-Term Commitment of All Levels of Government
Sydney: Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project
The Queen and I
Good Ideas in the News

Welcoming a New Community Partner: The Committee for Auckland

Sport: Refugees as Survivors Arts: Auckland Music and the Urban Soul Maori: Wellington-WRSS-Marae Visits Swimming: Auckland, Watersafe Environment: Auckland Project Twin Streams Emergency Response: Christchurch New Zealand Police

Nau mai! We are delighted to welcome our new community partner in New Zealand, The Committee for Auckland. Heather Shotter, Executive Director, explains why Auckland’s diversity is important to the city’s prosperity.  

What does welcome mean in New Zealand? Have a look at the country’s brilliant mix of old and new cultures showcased in our July webinar. Spend time in urban neighbourhoods where outdoor culture and concern for the environment thrive. Immerse yourself in its rich arts scene, or see what’s up with NZ youth.
More New Zealand Good Ideas.


photo: people on Hong Kong cityscape The Spirit of Hong Kong

This month Cities of Migration travels to Hong Kong, one of the great international cities of the world. Guest writer and photographer JT Singh shares another side of this Asian powerhouse through photos and stories about the working lives of migrant workers.

>> Read the Article


Not Migrants and Immigration, but Mobility and Movement

Is it time to drop the word migration? Prof. Ibrahim Sirkeci and Jeffrey H. Cohen think so. They argue migrant scholarship uses “worn out language” and needs a reset. Let’s use “mobility and movers” instead of “migrants and immigration” to replace words which carry negative or jaded associations with the general public.

>> Read the Opinion


photo: Hong Kong domestic workers dancing Sunday in the Park: Hong Kong Domestic Workers Reclaim Public Space

Every Sunday, foreign domestic workers take to Hong Kong's public spaces en masse on their one day off. Since these women live with their employers and have few places to meet, the city's parks, downtown streets and concourses have become places to relax, exchange services, and find camaraderie.

>> Read about the Good Idea We're Watching


Diversity Day: Today and Every Day in Mannheim

A flash mob may not be the usual way to celebrate diversity. Then again, what is the norm when your city is celebrating the country’s first ever Diversity Day? On June 11, 2013, Mannheim joined cities across Germany to promote diversity and inclusion. Its flash mob asked the question: “What does diversity in the city of Mannheim mean to you?”

>> Read about the Good Idea


London's Employability Forum

A paediatrician. A civil engineer. A multilingual teacher. All are accomplished professionals, all are refugees, and all have had trouble finding jobs in their fields. London’s Employability Forum works to improve opportunities for refugees and migrants. At the heart of this work is a collaborative and multilateral approach, bringing together direct support to refugees, building bridges with employers, and policy development.

>> Read about the Good Idea


Local Integration Requires Long-Term Commitment of All Levels of Government

Ulrich Maly, the Mayor of Nuremberg and President, Deutscher Städtetag, together with other prominent members of Germany’s leading municipal associations, recognizes the critical role cities play to integrate immigrants through language classes, education and participation. They argue that this work needs the full commitment of federal and state governments to ensure success.

>> Read the Opinion


photo: people in front of a sign Sydney: Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project

Many newly-arrived immigrants share the concerns of most households when it comes to environmental sustainability – too much waste and over consumption. Yet, language, cultural barriers or ineffective means of communication can exclude newcomers from participating on issues of concern to the whole community. To address these challenges, the Ethnic Communities Sustainable Living Project delivers environmental workshops, field trips and art projects in immigrant languages.

>> Read about the Good Idea


The Queen and I

When Ratna Omidvar received her Canadian citizenship, she swore allegiance to the Queen. She writes: “It was a wonderful day in my life, but I remember wondering why I was not swearing allegiance to Canada. And it occurred to me that this was the first time in my complicated relationship with the Queen that I was formally her royal subject.”

>> Read the Opinion


Good Ideas in the News

Social and Public Service Impacts of International Migration at the Local Level. The UK Home Office has released its research report on migration and local authorities. 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

Integrating Cities VI Conference: European cities shaping the future of integration. The EUROCITIES conference will discuss the current agenda of integration of migrants in Europe and review the status of the he EUROCITIES Integrating Cities Charter since its launch at the London conference in 2010. September 9-10, 2013. Tampere, Finland. More

International Metropolis Conference – The New Mobility: Managing Growth, Security, and Social Justice. The 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 justice. 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 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 

Imagine Society, Build Democracy  World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders: 4th UCLG Congress. The United Cities and Local Governments Congress will discuss topics such as managing diversity and shaping the urban future. The future of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) Post-2015 and the framework of Habitat III in 2016 will also be on the agenda. October 1-4, 2013. Rabat, Morocco. More

Ethnicity, Culture (and Social Class): “Origins” and Business. European Network Against Racism (ENAR), in partnership with L’Oréal and the French Association of Diversity Managers (AFMD), has announced its upcoming conference to examine best practices that provide a Diversity Return on Investment (DROI). The conference will be followed by the ENAR Foundation Awards. Save the date: October 29, 2013. More


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