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.



Using statistics to assess migrant integration in OECD regions

This chapter assesses the geographic distribution and integration of migrants across OECD regions along multiple dimensions. Based on a new database for 29 OECD countries, it describes the demographic and socio-economic profile of migrants in OECD regions and also presents evidence on changes in the size of regional migrant populations. The chapter sheds light on the integration of migrants by analysing their labour outcomes and well-being compared to native-born in the same region. The chapter also presents novel evidence on public perception of migrants across regions. Finally, a number of regional characteristics that could explain differences in migrants’ labour market outcomes are investigated.


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