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Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees

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Behind every migration statistic, there are individuals or families starting a new life in a new place. Local authorities, in co-ordination with all levels of government and other local partners, play a key role in integrating these newcomers and empowering them to contribute to their new communities. Integration needs to happen where people are: in their workplaces, their neighbourhoods, the schools to which they send their children and the public spaces where they will spend their free time. This report describes what it takes to formulate a place-based approach to integration through concerted efforts across levels of government as well as between state and non-state actors. It draws on both quantitative evidence, from a statistical database, and qualitative evidence from a survey of 72 cities. These include nine large European cities (Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Paris, Rome and Vienna) and one small city in Germany (Altena), which are the subject of in-depth case studies. The report also presents a 12-point checklist, a tool that any city or region – in Europe, the OECD or beyond – can use to work across levels of government and with other local actors in their efforts to promote more effective integration of migrants.

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Block 2. Time and space: Keys for migrants and host communities to live together

The policy objectives listed in Block 2 describe what integration should look like and which solutions are activated at city level to achieve it. The main objective of most of the cities analysed in the study sample is to increase social cohesion. Migrant integration is a key component of this objective and is increasingly taken into account in different sectors of city planning and policy implementation. Two key dimensions of this migrant integration concern and inspire solutions at city level:

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