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Friday, December 20, 2013

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In this issue:
Speaking the Language of Inclusion on International Migrants Day
Feeling Lonely? Take the Talking Cure
Amsterdam: Matchmaker Make Me a Match
Re-Wiring the City for Democracy
Save the Date! 2014 Cities of Migration Conference
Good Ideas in the News

Happy New Year!

Greetings from snowy Toronto where the cold and the warmth of the season remind us of the importance of living together in peace, comfort and harmony. While another blanket of snow in Syria calls home the plight of refugees everywhere, we celebrate International Migrants Day with stories about the contribution migrants make all around us, in our cities and communities. In London, Nageena Khan writes about the power of language and good neighbours to offset loneliness; from Strasbourg and Amsterdam, stories of diverse leadership.

We close the year with exciting plans for the 2nd International Cities of Migration Conference: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity. We invite you to join us in Berlin on June 4- 6, 2014, to connect good ideas to practical solutions, and practice what Maytree chairman Alan Broadbent calls the ”politics of optimism.”

- Best wishes from the Cities of Migration team and all our Maytree colleagues!



Migrants day collage Speaking the Language of Inclusion on International Migrants Day

One in 33 people on the planet is a migrant in search of dignity, safety, a better future, and sometimes even adventure. With 232 million people living outside their country of birth, this is not a small number. Put together, they would form the fifth most populous nation on earth. International Migrants Day on December 18 is therefore a good time to acknowledge their role in our societies and economies.

>> Read the Article



Nageena Khan Feeling Lonely? Take the Talking Cure

Language can be a barrier to social participation, contributing to increased loneliness among people from ethnic minority groups, says Nageena Khan, facilitator with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness project. But, people helping each other can make a difference.

>> Read the Opinion



bicycle in Amsterdam Amsterdam: Matchmaker Make Me a Match

Just over 50% of Amsterdam residents have a migrant background; yet you couldn’t tell by looking at the members of its civic boards and public advisory committees. For over a decade, bringing diversity to governance among cultural institutions has been the prime concern of the Atana network.

>> Read about the Good Idea



Katarina Vukobratovic Re-Wiring the City for Democracy

Are too many city residents denied a place at the decision table, disenfranchised by country of birth or legal status? This was the burning question at the World Forum for Democracy conference in Strasbourg last month where delegates debated new perspectives on participatory democracy at the local level. Katarina Vukobratovic reports back.

>> Read the Article



2014 Cities of Migration conference Save the Date! 2014 Cities of Migration Conference

Migration, Diversity, Inclusion: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity

Berlin (Germany), June 4 - 6, 2014

Join local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers for a dynamic three-day event that explores the practical realities and opportunities created by today's hyper diversity. Learn how we can work together to set a prosperity agenda for cities.

>> Visit Conference Website



Good Ideas in the News

The Top 10 Migration Issues of 2013. The Migration Policy Institute has begun to release its annual list of newsmaking migration issues. More

Migration as Structural Transformation. Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist at the World Bank, describes the positive effects of migration on receiving countries, and what we can do to better manage the migration process. More

PLURAL+ 2013 Awards. Now online! Winning youth-produced videos explore migration, diversity and social inclusion from the annual PLURAL+ Awards ceremony, co-hosted by the UN Alliance of Civilization and the International Organization for Migration. More

CIVIS Media Prize for Integration. 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, opened on December 6, 2013. Closing date is January 20, 2014. More

2013: A Year in Immigration Reform. America’s Voice reviews efforts to get immigration reform passed in Congress with a look forward to 2014 for further action. More

E Pluribus Unum Prizes. Congratulations to the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, a 2013 recipient of the E Pluribus Unum Prize, awarded annually to exceptional immigrant integration initiatives in the United States by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, with the support of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. More 

Living Wage Canada. The Canadian Living Wage campaign has launched a website to promote its growing Community of Practice. It features resources and tools for communities looking to develop living wage policies and businesses looking to become living wage employers. More



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Upcoming Webinar

Retaining Global Talent: Making Connections with International Students

February 2014

Join us to learn about initiatives in Auckland and Halifax that recognize the potential of international students to meet local labour needs and strengthen emerging talent pools.

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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.

Watch the videos on our Youtube channel.



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.

Do you have a Cities of Migration story to share? Contact us: citiesofmigration@maytree.com



Contact Cities of Migration

Maytree (Toronto)
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Piali Roy, Writer/ Web Editor
Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator
Salma Ali, Project Assistant

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