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Cities of Migration

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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In this issue:
Khalid Koser Says Migration Is an Opportunity Awaiting Global Action
Barcelona to Toronto: Myth-busting and Migration
Ich bin ein Berliner
Brains for Trains: Toronto Employer Taps into Diversity
Charting a Path to Citizenship
You're Welcome
Simon Woolley Is the Pride of Britain
Good Ideas in the News

Khalid Koser Says Migration Is an Opportunity Awaiting Global Action

Khalid Koser

The challenges of managing international migration have been consistently underestimated. It is a truly global issue that affects every country in the world and almost every person in the world, either directly or indirectly.

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Cartoon dispelling rumours about migrants Barcelona to Toronto: Myth-busting and Migration

The city of Toronto is taking a leaf from Barcelona’s highly acclaimed public awareness campaign to tackle myths and misinformation around newcomer settlement issues. The Anti-Rumour Campaign model will be tabled with a 2014 report to council members on the implementation of the Toronto Newcomer Strategy.

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2014 Cities of Migration conference Ich bin ein Berliner

Join us from June 4 to 6 for the Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin alongside local government and community leaders, practitioners, experts, activists and policy-makers to explore practical realities and opportunities created by today's hyper-diverse cities. And of course find out what it means to be a Berliner.

Migration, diversity, inclusion: An agenda for shared prosperity


THALES banner Brains for Trains: Toronto Employer Taps into Diversity

Thales Canada, a subsidiary of the multinational systems engineering giant, gives language requirements a pass when it comes to recruiting high-skilled talent. It relies on its multilingual workforce to bridge short-term language gaps, focussing instead on the skills and adaptive potential of internationally-trained applicants. 

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photo: Citizenship Students Charting a Path to Citizenship

An innovative community college program in Wheaton, Montgomery County helps new Americans chart a path to citizenship by strengthening the bonds of civic engagement

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Two men looking at a map of Europe You're Welcome

On January 1st, the newest members of the European family gained the right to migrate within the EU. In an open letter to the citizens of Bulgaria and Romania, The Economist welcomes them to Britain, and invites them to come, work and flourish.

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photo: Simon Woolley with his award Simon Woolley Is the Pride of Britain

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Pride of Britain Award. Simon Woolley is Director and a founding member of Operation Black Vote (OBV), whose West Midlands Civic Leadership Programme we featured in our Good Ideas in Integration series. 

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Good Ideas in the News

Is immigration good or bad? Attitudes towards the issue are one of the most researched areas of public policy, mostly in countless opinion polls, but also in more in-depth studies, often focusing on particular issues or communities. With the support of Unbound Philanthropy, a new IPSOS Mori report attempts to bring the evidence together in one place. More

Urban Citizenship: Reclaiming the European City. The new issue of the Open Citizenship journal from Citizens for Europe (Berlin) says it is time to take back the city. More

Immigration is primarily an urban issue. Dmitry Sivaev, in this latest Centre for Cities report, revisits the key arguments about the benefits and costs of immigration and highlights an aspect that is rarely discussed. More

The Newest New Yorkers: Characteristics of the City's Foreign-born Population, 2013 edition. Last updated in 2005, this is the story that every great city should be able to tell about the people at its heart. Thank you NYC Dept. of City Planning! More

UPSTREAM is a new project on developing effective strategies for the mainstreaming of integration governance at the EU, national and local level. A joint project of six leading European research institutes from the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Spain, France and Poland. More

Integration: What Works? A research report from Vidhya Ramalingam at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (London); funded by Open Society Foundation. More


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Upcoming Webinar

Retaining Global Talent: Making Connections with International Students

February 19, 2014

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

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Celle, Germany
Overcoming hiring bias: Anonymous job applications

Do hiring managers really need to know how old a job applicant is, or if she has children? What about where the applicant was born or what he looks like? Find out how some employers are trying to focus on choosing the best person for the job.

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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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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)
Ratna Omidvar, President
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator
Salma Ali, Project Assistant

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