migration & integration

Cities have long been attractive destinations for migrants, and international migrants have become a common feature of European cities today. 

Successful migration policies work in two ways: ensuring that migrants are welcomed into the host society whilst also ensuring the host society’s services and policies are adapted to a diverse population.

Our working group on migration and integration works to gain recognition for the important role of local authorities in fostering migrant integration through a multilevel governance system.

We have a strong track record of mutual learning between cities on migrant integration, and our working group allows cities to share knowledge and exchange ideas.

We also helped to set up a European Commission database of good practices on integration policies, available here.

Since 2007, we have been leading projects for migration and integration in cities: INTI-Cities, DIVE, MIXITIES and most recently, ImpleMentoring launched in 2012, have received funding from the INTI-programme and the European Integration Fund.

Our series of Integrating Cities conferences, launched in 2006, are another opportunity for cities, national governments and the EU institutions to discuss migrant integration in cities.

We launched our Integrating Cities Charter in 2010 to encourage local authorities to ensure equal opportunities and non-discrimination for all citizens in their roles as policy makers, service providers, employers and buyers of goods and services. So far, 27 European cities have signed the charter, which is complemented by a process of monitoring and peer learning.

To find out more about our work on migrant integration, please visit our Integrating Cities website, www.integratingcities.eu.

  •  cooperation
  •  culture
  •  economy
  •  environment
  •  knowledge society
  •  mobility

URBACT’s Good Practices unveiled: 'Inspiring solutions for better cities'

Looking for ideas on how to improve a city’s air quality, support local jobs, or involve citizens in accommodating refugees? Scores of tried-and-tested city solutions have been published online by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange programme for integrated, sustainable urban development.


publication date: 25-07-2017

Thessaloniki receives support from Amsterdam and Zurich on informal education for refugees

From 9-12 July, Thessaloniki hosted a delegation from Amsterdam and Zurich, as part of a mentoring visit organised by EUROCITIES and Migration Work.


publication date: 20-07-2017

  •  cooperation
  •  environment

Give your feedback now to the draft action plans of urban partnerships

According to the Pact of Amsterdam, the urban partnerships set under the Urban Agenda for the EU are required to develop action plans to address common challenges such as urban poverty or inclusion of migrants and refugees.


publication date: 11-07-2017

Solidarity Cities: Leeds and Stockholm support refugee education in Milan

A mentoring visit of Leeds and Stockholm to Milan took place from 26-29 June in the framework of the Solidarity Cities initiative. EUROCITIES responded quickly in May to Milan's desire to make progress in the area of reception of unaccompanied minors as well as education for children of families with a migrant background.


publication date: 06-07-2017

  •  cooperation

NEW video with highlights from our spring social affairs forum in Lisbon

On 3-4 April, 140 participants from 40 cities met at the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum in Lisbon to address the common challenge of deep-seated poverty and rising inequalities, and to discuss possible solutions.


publication date: 23-06-2017


publication date: 21-06-2017

Cities take part in training on children’s rights at the European Parliament

On 7 June 2017, the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) of the European Parliament organised a capacity building training session on children’s rights.


publication date: 19-06-2017


publication date: 01-06-2017

Solidarity Cities: What’s new?

It’s been a year since the Solidarity Cities initiative was announced by the mayor of Athens, Giorgios Kaminis, during the meeting of the European Capitals in April 2016. Since then, EUROCITIES and its members have been working to make this idea of solidarity between cities on the refugee crisis a reality on the ground.


publication date: 30-05-2017

EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum - Gothenburg - 25-26 October 2017

EUROCITIES will hold its next Social Affairs Forum on 25-26 October in Gothenburg to discuss the role of cities in promoting a more social Europe and in delivering on a European Pillar of Social Rights. Our working groups on employment, homelessness and urban ageing will be meeting shortly before the Social Affairs Forum, on 23-24 October in Gothenburg.


start date: 25-10-2017
end date: 26-10-2017