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What concrete policies can streamline migrant integration, empowering and engaging newcomers in Europe’s cities? CONNECTION will determine, deliver and implement the answers to this question. Peer-learning on integration around participation, gender, employment and one-stop-shops will accompany concrete EU-funded policy implementation in seven of the 14 cities. Eight further cities can join visits, as well as other organisations and levels of government, and eight integration champions are trained to train others in integration strategies. CONNECTION stands for CONNEcting Cities Towards Integration actiON – so, are you ready to connect?


European cities want to implement best practices in:

A) strategic approaches to integration, participation and interaction
B) gender in integration policy
C) pathways to migrant employment
D) one-stop-shops for integration needs

In CONNECTION, 14 core cities and 8 fellow cities work in clusters on each theme with other stakeholders. Through workshops, sight visits, on-the-ground training, action planning and implementation, they develop best practices in integration and overcome shared challenges. Seven of the cities use the project to implement a new integration policy that brings concrete and immediate benefits to migrants and their receiving communities. Each cluster develops practical tools for other cities toachieve the same.

CONNECTION also trains eight ‘integration champions’, city staff equipped to train others in integration best practices. These champions hold two international workshops during the project and keep the results alive once the project comes to an end.

Led by EUROCITIES, and Co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union, CONNECTION builds on the success of past projects (VALUES, CITIES GROW, MIXITIES, DIVE, INTI-Cities, ImpleMentoring) that together addressed the gaps in the implementation of the Integrating Cities Charter. This charter expresses cities’ commitment to migrant integration.

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Contact person for more information:

EUROCITIES staff contact

Feyrouz Lajili-Djalai
EUROCITIES Brussels office
Project officer