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Thursday, November 28, 2013

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In this issue:
Auckland's Future: Super-Diverse City
Elham Seyed Javad: Sports Hijab Takes Off
Celle: Anonymous Job Applications Help Overcome Hiring Biases
All Parisians, All Citizens
Living Your Language
Cologne: Youth Employment in the Multikulti City
Good Ideas in the News

Ratna telecast to Auckland Auckland's Future: Super-Diverse City

In October, the Committee for Auckland relaunched Cities of Migration in Otara, considered New Zealand’s first major multi-racial community. The event featured Dr. Paul Spoonley who has reported on NZ immigration and employment trends for more than 30 years. According to Spoonley, Auckland may be a “super-diverse” city, but needs to learn to become welcoming as well.

>> Read the Article



photo: young woman wearing sports hijab Elham Seyed Javad: Sports Hijab Takes Off


In 2009, Montreal-based industrial designer Elham Seyed Javad had an idea. When a controversy disrupted amateur sporting events in Canadian cities over the wearing of the hijab by young female athletes, she came up with a sports hijab that handled “so-called” safety concerns. Her winning design was approved by FIFA in 2012.

“What counts on the field is the game you are playing. We are all the same and we can all express our passion for sport through our personal background in mutual respect.”

>> Read the Interview



photo: handing a resume Celle: Anonymous Job Applications Help Overcome Hiring Biases

In Germany, job applicants traditionally list a number of personal characteristics in their curriculum vitae in addition to their qualifications. Sometimes they are required to include a photo. But do hiring managers really need to know your date of birth, marital status or where you were born?

In 2010, the city of Celle launched a successful project to test whether “anonymous” job applications could reduce biases in hiring.

>> Read about the Good Idea



poster: tous parisiens All Parisians, All Citizens

Since 2001, non-EU Parisians have had a voice in the affairs of local government through the Assemblée des Citoyens Parisiens Extra Communautaires. Chaired by the Mayor himself, the Assembly advises Paris City Council and aims to correct “democratic injustice,” by promoting the political participation of non-EU Parisians who live, work and pay their taxes in France – even if participation does not include the right to vote.

>> Read about the Good Idea



photo: Ratna Omidvar Living Your Language


What’s it like learning and living in languages other than English? Maytree President Ratna Omidvar responds with her own multilingual life story.

>> Read the Opinion



photo: youth working together Cologne: Youth Employment in the Multikulti City

Recognizing the diversity of their increasingly multicultural city as an important asset to be developed, city managers and HR training personnel in Cologne, Germany, are recruiting young people with a migrant background into their civil service training programs. The HR department has even identified how to separate vocational assessment from language proficiency, adjusting for “an average increase” during the training program for those still learning German.

>> Read about the Good Idea



Good Ideas in the News

What Do We Know about Skilled Migration and Development? A new MPI policy brief by Michael Clemens examines the costs, benefits and unintended consequences to skilled migration and countries of origin. More

DiverseCity Counts 8: A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the Health Care Sector. The latest report in the Maytree series examines diversity in senior management and governing boards of hospitals and health care institutions in the Greater Toronto Area. More

Meet the Somalis: Illustrated Stories of Somalis in Seven Cities in Europe. Open Society Foundations At Home in Europe Project has launched a collection of illustrated stories depicting the real life experiences of Somalis in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Leicester, London, Malmo, and Oslo. More

Nurturing the Nation: The Asian Contribution to the NHS since 1948. A new book from Runnymede Trust highlights the contribution made to the National Health Service by its Asian employees. More

Maximizing Human Capital in a Rapidly Evolving Economic Landscape. A report from the Transatlantic Council on Migration outlines key tasks for policymakers, including how to design inclusive approaches to integration that address the specific needs of newcomers and vulnerable populations, without triggering the misconception that immigrants are served at the expense of the domestic population. More

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. The U.S.-based Applied Research Center (ARC) has rebranded itself to convey the urgency of moving forward on issues of race and equality. More

E Pluribus Unum Prizes. Hosted by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, the awards recognize exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States. Washington, D.C. December 4, 2013. More

PLURAL+ 2013 Awards. The joint initiative between the UNAOC and the IOM holds its annual awards ceremony for youth-produced video exploring migration, diversity and social inclusion. New York. December 5, 2013. More

CIVIS Media Prize for Integration. Save the date! The competition for the European CIVIS Media Prize 2014, honouring the best radio and television programs on the themes of integration and cultural diversity in Europe, opens on December 6, 2013. Closing date is January 20, 2014. More



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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

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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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