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Thursday, October 02, 2014

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In this issue:
Where Local Meets Global: Welcome to the Global Diversity and Migration Exchange @Ryerson University
German Order of Merit for a Canadian Immigrant, Refugee and Global Leader
From Canada to Sweden: Ideas in Integration
Nurturing immigrant entrepreneurs in Sweden
Top Ten Bountiful Ideas
Auckland: Language and Learning at Play
Karlstad: Let Diversity Be Part of Our Collective Future
Cities in Competition - High-quality Cultural Offer Improves Attractiveness
Connect Legal Guide to Pro Bono Support for Small Business
German President Shares Insight on Immigration
Dishing Up Economic Integration: DELI
Cities Highlight Good Ideas that Can Travel
Good Ideas in the News

Where Local Meets Global: Welcome to the Global Diversity and Migration Exchange @Ryerson University

photo: Ted Rogers building  

photo credit: Ryerson University

Cities of Migration has a new home. The Global Diversity and Migration Exchange is a new "think and do" tank at Ryerson University set to advance the integration and inclusion of immigrants and minorities by connecting local issues to a global agenda for change.

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German Order of Merit for a Canadian Immigrant, Refugee and Global Leader

Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director of the Global Diversity and Migration Exchange at Ryerson University receives the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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photo:Maroun Aoun From Canada to Sweden: Ideas in Integration

Maroun Aoun, CEO of IFS or the Swedish Association of Ethnic Entrepreneurs, selects three good ideas for integration and entrepreneur development to take home to Stockholm after visiting Toronto. Guiding him in his quest is IFS' organizational motto: “Equal opportunity increases growth.”
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receptionist Nurturing immigrant entrepreneurs in Sweden

IFS, or the Swedish Association of Ethnic Entrepreneurs, along with its partner agencies has a suite of projects to help immigrant entrepreneurs succeed and integrate. Tapping immigrant networks in their countries of origin to boost exports is one of the strategies IFS promotes to forge ties between migrant businesses and mainstream businesses and organizations in Sweden.

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photo: engaged audience members Top Ten Bountiful Ideas

The closing keynote address on City Building by Mary Rowe at the 2nd International Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin neatly wrapped it up. Her interaction with the audience at the end gives us ten Good Idea takeaways from the event and its Marketplace that participants plan to share, adapt or replicate.

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photo: Multicultural mums and kids Auckland: Language and Learning at Play

Safari Multicultural Playgroup in Auckland, New Zealand provides an informal supportive environment for newcomer mothers and children to bond over shared experiences while gaining skills and confidence in English, learning about early childhood education and schooling in their new country.

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Diverse interaction Karlstad: Let Diversity Be Part of Our Collective Future

Highlighting the importance of working with diversity in their businesses, a group of Swedish leaders talk about the importance of harnessing diversity to Sweden's future prosperity: "One size does not fit all."

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Cultural attraction in Toronto Cities in Competition - High-quality Cultural Offer Improves Attractiveness

Many cities focus on their economic development in order to become more competitive. They forget though that the soul of a city, its capacity to be festive, to make noise is a crucial parameter of attractiveness in the competition to attract industries and talents.

Philippe Kern, URBACT Thematic Expert, reminds us that cities also need to ensure an attractive quality of life to stand out.

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Report cover Connect Legal Guide to Pro Bono Support for Small Business

Connect Legal, an innovative and award winning free legal service provider, has published the Connect Legal Guide to Pro Bono Support for Small Business, a road map to creating access to free legal support for small business owners across the country.  The Guide is designed to share best practices, including eligibility criteria for clients, lawyer recruitment strategies, budgeting and fundraising tips. More


German President Shares Insight on Immigration

During his just-concluded state visit to Canada, German President Joachim Gauck and his delegation met with Toronto-based leaders at St. Stephen’s Community House in Kensington Market and shared insight on multiculturalism policy, immigrant employment, settlement and citizenship, as well as their personal experiences as immigrants to Canada. “Canada is a prospering, innovative and outward-looking country. And Germany can learn much from its experience with immigration and its successful integration policy,” Mr. Gauck said in an interview with Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mail.

Read more on his visit


logo: DELI Dishing Up Economic Integration: DELI

Immigrant entrepreneurs have always played a key role in global trade and the economic success of host countries. Governments and organizations across the world are paying renewed attention to this very element as an expedient stategy for immigrant integration. Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration (DELI) is one such effort, a joint project of the Council of Europe and the Migration Policy Group.

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CoM 2014 Conference Cities Highlight Good Ideas that Can Travel

As more cities around the world implement innovative strategies to welcome immigrants and newcomers, they’re also sharing what they've learned with one another and with other cities exploring ways to become places of welcome. The Migrationist international blog, reporting on the Cities of Migration Conference, says practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and private sector leaders shared lessons-learned from “good ideas [that] can travel.”

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Good Ideas in the News

2014 International Metropolis Conference: Migration, Energy for the Planet, Feeding Cultures, Milan, November 3-7, 2014: Plenary and workshop program is now online. Join Cities of Migration and the World Bank on Nov. 5 for a session on: “Lessons from Local Leaders: Migration Policy Development at the Municipal Level” More

The Diversity Advantage Challenge: The Council of Europe is holding a contest for the best real-life stories of the successful involvement of people of different cultural backgrounds in the design of innovative products, services, policies, projects and initiatives. It is open to local authorities, enterprises, civil society organizations, media and other institutions worldwide and the deadline for submissions is 31 October 2014. More 

The New European: Checkout the new magazine edited by UNITEE, the New European Business Confederation. The name of the magazine takes its inspiration from the concept of New Europeans elaborated by the European Commission as regarding ‘people who live in the EU and have connections with more than the country where they live.’ More 
Advancing Outcomes for All Minorities: Experiences of Mainstreaming Immigrant Integration Policy in the United Kingdom: This Migration policy Institute report explores the accelerating trend of policymakers seeking to reach people with a migration background through needs-based social programming and policies that also target the general population. More

European Policy Brief - Governing Diversity: A new European Policy Brief from the DIVERCITIES consortium looks at the governance of urban diversity across the EU. The report calls for a culture change amongst policy-makers and outlines some mechanisms through which more effective policies towards diversity can be developed and implemented. More
European Diversity Conference 2015: The two-day event will provide a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with, Europe's leading diversity professionals.  The conference will focus on how to deliver sustained tangible results in diversity and inclusion in the unique environment that is Europe. More
Belgium - Morocco: 50 years of migration: This note on the Moroccan presence in Belgium completes two studies already published by the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism (referred to in the text below "Center") on migration and Congolese and Turkish presence in Belgium. More 
How Integrated is modern Britain? This Social Integration Commission report explores the extent of social integration within modern Britain as the country becomes increasingly diverse in terms of social grade, ethnicity and age. More 
IRiS International Conference on Superdiversity: The University of Birmingham held the first international, interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity in June. Listen in to podcasts featuring lectures, academic and policy panels, workshops and roundtables on topics at the forefront of the research agenda. More 
Superdiversity, social cohesion, and economic benefits: Superdiversity can result in real economic benefits—but it also raises concerns about social cohesion, say Paul Spoonley of Massey University, New Zealand, and IZA, Germany as they explore the outcomes of a substantial increase in the scale and scope of minority ethnic and immigrant groups in a region. More 
Multiculturalism: The unstoppable global trend: Burgeoning multiculturalism is enhancing the fabric of societies around the world, bringing colour and vibrancy to every city it touches, says Mike Fromowitz in this Campaign India article. More 
The City Brand: Champion of Immigrant Integration or Empty Marketing Tool? This report by Elizabeth Collett, Director of Migration Policy Institute Europe and Senior Advisor to MPI's Transatlantic Council on Migration, explores the relationship between marketing and communications campaigns, immigration, and processes of immigrant integration. It is the latest in a Transatlantic Council series, “Cities and Regions: Reaping Migration’s Local Dividends.”  More 
Book: Impacts of the Recent Economic Crisis (2008-2009) on International Migration: Based on a Metropolis North America seminar on the topic held by Silvia Núñez García, Mónica Verea and Elaine Levine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, this book provides examples of how policies and immigration practices in various parts of the world have been affected by the economic crisis, and how this phenomenon has caused not only economic but social and perception of identity changes. More


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Good Idea

Christchurch, New Zealand

Community First: Christchurch’s Emergency Response
Cultural outreach and community engagement helps New Zealand Police and social services be prepared to help newcomers during crisis.

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Upcoming Webinar

Upcoming Webinar

Generation to Generation: Empowering Newcomer Youth and Families

October 30 (North America)
October 31 (New Zealand, Australia)

Learn about award-winning programs from Wellington, New Zealand and Toronto, Canada that improve language and digital literacy for immigrant families and youth by removing barriers to technology, promoting inter-generational tutoring, and strengthening community relations through education.

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Good Ideas Index

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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


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Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director
Kim Turner, Project Leader
Evelyn Siu, Project Coordinator

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