Making Integration work in Europe's Cities - Delivering the Integrating Cities Charter - MIXITIES
The ‘Making integration work in Europe’s cities'– MIXITIES (2010 - 2012) project aimed to deliver the Integrating Cities Charter in which European cities commit to the integration of migrants.
MIXITIES built on the work developed under the INTI-CITIES and DIVE projects to develop peer reviews, structured exchange workshops and toolkits to support cities in delivering the commitments of the Charter. As an innovative element, MIXITIES focused on three key areas, namely anti-discrimination policy, diversity competences in public services and introductory courses for newcomers. Peer Reviews were held on each of these themes respectively in Gent, Barcelona and Stockholm in 2011. The project’s final findings and recommendations were be presented at the Integrating Cities V conference held in Amsterdam in March 2012.
MIXITIES project partners included the cities of Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Florence, Genoa, Ghent, Helsinki, Malmö, Munich, Nuremberg, Oslo, Stockholm and Tampere. Migrants were also involved in the development and implementation of this initiative.
The project which came to an end in May 2012 was co-financed by the European Commission, DG Home Affairs through the European Integration Fund.
MIXITIES was implemented by a consortium coordinated by EUROCITIES and which involved 16 local authorities from 12 EU Member States as well as Expert Leaders Berlin Senate for Integration and Migration and MigrationWork CIC.
City partners included:
- Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- Athens (Greece)
- Barcelona (Spain)
- Belfast (United Kingdom)
- Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Dublin (Ireland)
- Florence (Italy)
- Genoa (Italy)
- Gent (Belgium)
- Helsinki (Finland)
- Malmo (Sweden)
- Munich (Germany)
- Nuremberg (Germany)
- Oslo (Norway)
- Stockholm (Sweden)
- Tampere (Finland)
MIXITIES built on the work developed under the INTI-CITIES and DIVE projects to develop peer reviews, structured exchange workshops and toolkits to support cities in delivering the commitments of the Charter. The outputs of the project included:
Three Peer Reviews
- Three Toolkits, including the benchmarking tools and containing concrete, peer-tested guidance for cities on how to achieve good practice in local integration policies, for each of the project's themes:
- Video on Migrant Youth’s views on Integrating Cities. This MIXITIES video project invited young people from Barcelona, Ghent and Stockholm to reflect on three issues surrounding cultural diversity in their city, and to present their visions in the form of a short video.
- Video on peer review method. The video is intended for people interested in learning more about the peer review process used by EUROCITIES for mutual learning. The footage was taken during the MIXITIES peer review on anti-discrimination in Ghent in June 2011.
- Integrating Cities V conference in Amsterdam in 2012 within the framework of the Integrating Cities dialogue between EUROCITIES and the European Commission
Three peer reviews were held in 2011 in:
- Anti-discrimination policies, Ghent – 6-10 June
- Introductory courses for newcomers, Stockholm – 26-30 September
- Diversity competences in public services, Barcelona – 24-28 October
Each peer learning event will included a 5 day visit with an intensive programme of interviews, workshops and exchange.
The Integrating Cities toolkits developed under the MIXITIES project guide and offer inspiration to city administrators in reaching European standards in migrant integration. They cover the following areas:
promoting cultural diversity
introductory and language courses
The toolkits guide cities in implementing the EUROCITIES Integrating Cities Charter. This charter sets out the duties and responsibilities of European cities to embrace the diversity of their population and to provide equal opportunities for all citizens.