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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

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In this issue:
Gottingen: Gardens of Intercultural Delights
Immigrant = The New Mainstream
Berlin: Cities and the Case for Migration
Fair Game: Sporting Ideas for Integration
Cities in the Forefront of Fight against Racism
Sydney: Orchestrating New Audiences
Willkommen in Berlin
Good Ideas in the News

Man and Woman in green setting Gottingen: Gardens of Intercultural Delights

A community garden in this German city seeds friendship, connection and intercultural understanding as it helps new immigrant families take root.

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Emilia Wanat Immigrant = The New Mainstream

In her Cafebabel column, Emilia Wanat argues that immigration has become the subject of political bickering rather than a matter of potential laws. This refusal to come to terms with the movement of people symbolizes our poor understanding of globalization.

Read the opinion


Coffee and the Brandenburg Gate Berlin: Cities and the Case for Migration

Cities have long been the primary entry point for immigrants because that’s where economic opportunity and future success exist at scale. As never before, the choice of destination is theirs. How cities can shape and influence their journey and related topics will be debated at our second International Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin this June.

Drop in at our Conference Café


Kids playing soccer Fair Game: Sporting Ideas for Integration

At our upcoming Cities of Migration conference in Berlin, two prolific thinkers will weigh in on the issue of racism in professional football. Are the clubs powerless to end racism? Or is it up to the fans to change? As Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future, London and David Goldblatt, author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football, get set to spar, have a look at Good Ideas from around the world that use sport to ease the settlement process and foster a sense of community.

Get ready for the debate


We fit together Cities in the Forefront of Fight against Racism

During the week of March 21, cities across the world, from Auckland to Montreal marked International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with week-long programs. For cities like Dublin, Edmonton and Barcelona, campaigns against racism and xenophobia are year-round efforts.

Find out what they do


Sydney Opera House at night - istockphoto Sydney: Orchestrating New Audiences

When the Sydney Symphony Orchestra realized that its audiences did not reflect an increasingly multicultural city, it turned to Sydney's significant and long-established Chinese, Japanese and Korean communities to both cultivate these markets and use their feedback to help shape programs.

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2014 Cities of Migration conference Willkommen in Berlin

If you haven't registered yet for the 2nd International Cities of Migration Conference, please do so today as the early-bird registration is ending soon. And if you've already registered, we look forward to welcoming you in Berlin between June 4 and 6, 2014. Together we will explore the practical realities and opportunities created by today’s hyper-diverse cities.

Register now!


Good Ideas in the News

Global Cities Summit: The Global City Indicators Facility is hosting its 2014 conference in Toronto from May 15 to 16. Join municipal leaders from GCIF's network of member cities, business leaders, senior government officials, leaders from United Nations and other international agencies, scholars, and planning & design professionals for two days of plenaries, panel discussions, case studies, networking opportunities, and an Innovations Marketplace. More

Documentary series on African migrants: Titled (In)Visible Cities, the project lets migrants talk and show the sides of their lives media are often ignoring. Selected for the Seoul short film festival, it received the Melograno Award for Intercultural projects. More

The Future of Immigrant Integration in Europe: New report from Migration Policy Institute European Office on Mainstreaming Approaches for Inclusion. More

The United State's face is changing: From rural towns to sprawling metropolises, the face of America is changing. GCIR's 2014 National Convening, Immigrants, Philanthropy, and America’s Future: Learning from the U.S. South, May 20-22 in Nashville, Tennessee looks at how philanthropy can address these challenges. More

Innovation and Welcoming Initiatives: The American Immigration Council has released a full set of state-by-state fact sheets, highlighting the role of immigrant entrepreneurs. More

How does your city measure up? BAKBASEL’s annual International Benchmarking Forum, June 12-13, Basel, will focus on the importance of “location” on regional economic development strategies. More

The Global Flow of People: Explore migration flows within and between regions in five year periods by country, 1990 – 2010, with this interactive map and new data analysis. More


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2014 Cities of Migration conference

2014 Cities of Migration Conference Berlin, June 4-6

Early-Bird Registration ends on April 8

Join us for brilliant speakers and challenging ideas, a high-octane debate, Urban Labs, Marketplace of Good Ideas, Berlin’s neighbourhoods, an opening night cocktail reception at the Embassy of Canada, and much more. Register early.

More information


Featured Video

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The Big Debate: Beautiful Game? Or Racist Quagmire?

Watch the video on our Youtube channel


Good Ideas Index

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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


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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