CITIES-GROW (2017-2019)

CITIES GROW aims to enhance mutual learning between cities and to improve the implementation of migration policies through concrete actions to facilitate the integration of migrants and refugees.

CITIES GROW aims to provide city-to-city support through tailored mentoring schemes in four specific areas:

A. matching buyers and suppliers: access to public and private contracts for immigrant entrepreneurs

B. engaging with businesses, local employment agencies, and local educational institutions

C. services to support migrant entrepreneurs

D. anti-discrimination strategies on local job markets


City-to-city support and exchange for change

Each cluster will offer:

  • study visits by representatives of each implementing city to a mentor city to see how policy initiatives are implemented, and to learn about good practices through brief presentations, site visits, and peer-to-peer discussions
  • mentoring visits by representatives of each mentor city to an implementing city to assist with the process of sharing experiences and knowledge and exchanging good practices. All visits involve EUROCITIES and one expert partner as facilitator
  • work on a benchmark for integration policies based on agreed European standards
  • action plans to bring about changes in the implementing cities – with the endorsement of public administration and involving relevant stakeholders 



EUROCITIES (coordinator)
Migration Work CIC (expert)
Migration Policy Group (expert)
Migration Policy Institute Europe (expert)
City of Athens
City of Barcelona
City of Birmingham
City of Brighton & Hove
City of Dresden
City of Gdansk
City of Ghent
City of Helsinki
City of Lisbon
City of Munich
City of Nantes
City of Nicosia
City of Riga
City of Rotterdam
City of Tampere
City of Utrecht



Salvatore Sofia

Policy advisor

+32 2 552 08 80


Marija Price Martic

Project coordinator

+32 2 552 08 64


Feyrouz Lajili-Djalai

Projects & policy support officer

+32 2 552 08 40