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.

Save the date for our next Social Affairs Forum!

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.


publication date: 22-05-2017

  •  culture

EUROCITIES features in new publication on the future of urban cultural policies

EUROCITIES has contributed to a new publication from Culture Action Europe called ‘Polis and the people: Looking into the future of urban cultural policies.’


publication date: 18-05-2017

  •  economy

Working Group Employment meets in Stockholm

20 city representatives from 10 EUROCITIES city members attended the meeting and discussed some of the main challenges they face in promoting employment measures at local level: integration of migrants and refugees; promotion of employability through skills development (for adults, low skilled and high skilled); use of public procurement for creating job opportunities.


publication date: 17-05-2017

Mapping survey of the situation of Roma people in European cities

EUROCITIES has launched a survey to collect evidence of the situation of Roma in cities through a mapping exercise.


publication date: 15-05-2017

EUROCITIES members address top priorities for migration & integration in cities

37 EUROCITIES members from 25 cities met in Lisbon on 5 & 6 April 2017, following the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum. They were joined by guests from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) and from DG REGIO of the European Commission.


publication date: 14-04-2017

Cities meet in Lisbon to discuss local strategies for Roma participation

On 5-6 April, the working group Roma inclusion met in Lisbon. The meeting brought together representatives from 15 cities and several European Commission representatives (DG EMPL, DG REGIO and the FRA) to discuss local approaches to encourage Roma participation. Moreover, for the first time Roma people were also present at the meeting and took part in the discussions, and shared their experiences and views.


publication date: 13-04-2017

Cities and the future of EU Integration Funding

EUROCITIES was involved in a series of events on 28, 29 and 30 March 2017, which focused on the use of EU funds to foster the reception and integration of third country nationals, asylum seekers and refugees.


publication date: 10-04-2017

Cities reaffirm their commitment to fight against poverty and rising inequalities

On 3-4 of April 2017, the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum held a meeting in the city of Lisbon. A record number of 140 representatives from over 40 cities gathered to discuss effective ways to prevent and respond to deep-seated poverty and rising inequalities in cities.


publication date: 10-04-2017

Ensuring health care for undocumented migrants

"Our vision for integration is one where all city residents can develop their full potential and live a safe and dignified life" writes Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, Eurocities.


publication date: 07-04-2017

Euronews: How the city of Ghent copes with increased numbers of refugees?

In the first in a series of articles from EUROCITIES member cities on migration, Daniël Termont, mayor of Ghent and president of EUROCITIES, explains what Ghent has done to help integrate asylum seekers.


publication date: 30-03-2017