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Cities of Migration


Cities of Migration identifies and showcases successful local practices and policy innovation from global cities that promote immigrant integration, inclusive communities and shared urban prosperity. A key resource for evidence-based policymaking, the Cities of Migration 'Good Ideas in Integration' platform ( features over 250 profiles of successful city-level integration practices and policy innovation from 80+ cities, under the themes of Work, Live, Learn, Connect and Plan. The platform includes practices relevant to the governance of labour migration at the city level, such as multilingual business counselling for immigrant entrepreneurs in Vienna, Austria, or the adoption of anonymous job applications by the City of Celle in Germany.

Through evidence-based research and analysis, peer-to-peer learning exchange and a growing network of city and community leaders, Cities of Migration is building an international consensus around a simple idea: migration is a critical dimension of urban prosperity and growth. By increasing the effectiveness of local integration practices and the policy frameworks that support them, and helping urban and migration networks develop stronger ties, it hopes to advance the place of cities in migration policy internationally.

Launched by the Maytree Foundation and international partners in 2008 to disseminate local integration practice in major immigrant receiving cities worldwide, the project was the first to link global cities around practical issues of immigrant integration and inclusion. Today, Cities of Migration convenes a growing international learning community of migration and urban experts, city and community leaders, practitioners and policy-makers. In 2010 and 2014 it hosted international conferences in The Hague and Berlin, and in September 2014 helped launch the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), its parent organisation, at Ryerson University. GDX identifies and amplifies the links between prosperity, diversity and migration and anchors these in policy, research and practice.

For more information contact Kim Turner, Project Leader, at


last updated on 20.05.2015^ top