The EUROCITIES working group migration & integration consists of practitioners from more than 30 cities. It works both horizontally, providing an environment for mutual learning on integration governance, and vertically, as body that attempts to influence EU policies on migration and integration from a city perspective.
As most migrants come to live in cities, the working group wants to emphasise the importance of involving cities in the shaping and implementation of immigration/integration policies. The group aims to put into practice the objective of the new European agenda on integration that integration policies should be developed with a genuine 'bottom-up' approach“ and to have a stronger impact of local experience in EU policies.
The EUROCITIES "Integrating Cities Charter" provides an important framework for the group. The Charter sets out duties and responsibilities of European cities to embrace the diversity of their population and to provide equal opportunities in their roles as policy-makers, service providers, employers and buyers of goods and services to provide equal opportunities. It was launched in 2010 and has since been signed by over 25 cities. Member cities of the working group have been involved in four projects on integration governance, with the most current, ImpleMentoring running from 2011. The working group also organise the Integrating Cities Conferences.
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