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Thursday, October 31, 2013

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In this issue:
Pluralism: A Key Opportunity for the 21st Century
Birmingham's Next Generation of Leaders
Three Funerals and a Wedding: Resetting the Way We Work on Migration
Report from Rabat: Building Better Cities
Hearing and Vision Screening at Toronto Schools
Welcoming St. Louis' Mosaic
Ideas Exchange: Participation
Good Ideas in the News

Pluralism: A Key Opportunity for the 21st Century

Kofi Annan


Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2013 Pluralism Lecture at the Global Centre for Pluralism, Ottawa (Canada)

“Mutual respect and tolerance have to be fostered and taught. We have to promote dialogue to combat fear, intolerance, and extremism. We have to learn from each other, making our different traditions and cultures a source of harmony and strength, not discord and weakness.”

>> Read the Opinion



photo: Operation Black Vote Birmingham's Next Generation of Leaders

Just 4% of elected officials in the UK have an ethnic minority background, despite minorities making up 14% of the wider population. In Birmingham, Operation Black Vote aims to change that. Its West Midlands Civic Leadership Program gives political hopefuls the skills they need to succeed.

>> Read about the Good Idea



photo: Manjula Luthria Three Funerals and a Wedding: Resetting the Way We Work on Migration

Manjula Luthria of the World Bank’s International Labour Mobility program says it is time for host and origin countries to work together to accelerate the integration of migrants into international labour markets.

>> Read the Opinion



Ratna Omidvar and the mayor of Singapore Report from Rabat: Building Better Cities

UCLG is the easy mouthful that stands for United Cities and Local Governments. Cities of Migration travelled to Rabat, Morocco, last month for the UCLG World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders. Under the theme “Imagine Society, Build Democracy,” 3500 city mayors gathered to talk shop, build alliances and explore issues of diversity and representation in building better cities.

>> Read the Article



photo: child having ear exam Hearing and Vision Screening at Toronto Schools

Families in high needs neighbourhoods, many of them newcomers, often find it difficult to access specialized health care. This may prevent many children from learning to the best of their ability. The Toronto Foundation for Student Success offers hearing and vision clinics in schools where students can receive examinations by specialists, and free glasses and hearing aids if necessary. The program also works with International Medical Graduates who obtain valuable Canadian work experience while acting as role models to newcomer students.

>> Read about the Good Idea



Mosaic Welcoming St. Louis' Mosaic

In St. Louis, attracting and retaining immigrants is the key to city prosperity. In fact, the Greater St Louis region plans to be the fastest growing U.S. metropolitan area for immigration by 2020. To realize this vision, the city looked for strong initiatives that could both attract immigrants to St. Louis and retain those who are already there.

>> Read about the Good Idea



Ideas Exchange: Participation

It’s exciting to see projects that foster a more equal, inclusive society in cities of migration. Three good examples are Ghent’s Youth Ambassador Project; Barcelona’s anti-discrimination agents; and Dortmund’s Participation, Politics and Impact. All three – engage immigrants in participatory processes which results in more equitable representation

>> Read the Article



Good Ideas in the News

End Racism This Generation. The Runnymede Trust (UK) has officially launched an ambitious campaign to seek solutions to eliminate racism and race inequality. More 

Understanding Migrant Outcomes - Enhancing the Value of Census Data, Australia, 2011. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Census Data Enhancement (CDE) initiative has produced its first Migrants CDE Integrated Dataset where settlement outcomes of recent migrants can be cross classified by their entry conditions and whether they were a main or secondary applicant. More

The Impact of Remittances on Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction. A new MPI policy brief by Dilip Rath argues that policymakers need to maximize the positive impact of remittances by making them less costly and more productive for both the individual and the country of origin. More

Immigration and the Revival of American Cities: From Preserving Manufacturing Jobs to Strengthening the Housing Market. The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas reports on the “outsized role” that immigrants play in the creation and preservation of US jobs. More

Undocumentary: The Reality of Undocumented Migrants in Europe. PICUM has launched a web documentary on the daily realities faced by undocumented migrants living in Europe. More 

Americas Datafest: Migration in the Americas. A multi-city "hackfest" where coders and researchers analyze data and building apps to help researchers, policy makers, journalists, migrants, and nonprofits. November 2-3, 2013. More 

National Immigrant Integration Conference. The sixth annual conference is hosted by the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Knight Foundation, and the National Partnership for New Americans. November 17-19, 2013. Miami, US. More

10th meeting of the European Integration Forum. The subject is “Participation of migrants in the democratic process – towards an inclusive citizenship.” November 26-27, 2013. Brussels, Belgium. More



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Upcoming Webinars

Access to Employment: Connecting Refugees to the Labour Market

November 13, 2013

Learn how initiatives in London (UK) and Wuppertal (Germany) are building sustainable solutions and long-term employment options for refugees.

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Good Ideas on Economic Inclusion: Access to Banking

This is the first report in a new Cities of Migration series that examines issues related to the economic integration of immigrants in the neighbourhoods, high streets and workplaces of today’s cities.

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Good Ideas Index

Search Good Ideas by themes in English, French, German, Spanish



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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Share Your Story!

At Cities of Migration, our Good Ideas about successful integration practice are travelling from city to city.

They also travel from reader to reader. We want to share these stories with you.

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