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Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: Indianapolis Model, 2000 – 2007

The first issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: Indianapolis Model, 2000-2007 examines in depth the case study of Indianapolis, Indiana and its efforts to integrate its Latino population.
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Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City, New York

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) works with immigrants, community-based organizations and city government agencies to promote the well-being of immigrant communities. The office recommends policies and programs that facilitate successful integration of recent immigrants and uses outreach to get important information about these programs to immigrant communities. It has been successful in identifying city services that are accessible to immigrants, arranging meetings and conversations between city officials and community leaders and identifying the best outreach strategies to immigrant communities.
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Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 cities, 20 Good Practices

The second issue in the National League of Cities’ Municipal Action for Immigrant Integration American Cities Series, Municipal Innovations in Immigrant Integration: 20 Cities, 20 Good Practices features twenty of the most innovative US cities in the area of immigrant integration. These cities are diverse, ranging in size and geographic location. Yet, each highlights good examples of immigrant integration programs, whether through public-private partnerships, advisory initiatives, or action-oriented programs.
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Princeton Community ID Card, Princeton, New Jersey

Starting on May 22, 2010, all Princeton Township residents became eligible to obtain the Princeton Community ID Card. Each ID card shows personal identification information, medical risk factors, and emergency contact information for the cardholder. This card extends recognition to traditionally excluded members of the community and allows them access to basic services. Yet, the program benefits the entire Princeton community by facilitating the work of law enforcement with police, fire, and EMS personnel now having contact information for anyone who requires assistance despite injury or language barriers.
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Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Houston, Texas

In 2001, Houston established the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (MOIRA) to address the city’s increasing diversity. MOIRA works to provide immigration assistance and facilitate immigrant integration. The office advises the mayor on immigration issues, provides the public with information concerning immigration, acts as the city liaison with its immigrant communities, publishes multi-lingual brochures for immigrants and refugees, and supports immigrant community based organizations in Houston.
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Hispanic Liaison Office, Richmond, Virginia

In 2004, the City of Richmond created the Hispanic Liaison Office in response to this demographic growth. The Hispanic Liaison Office improves access to city and community services; promotes community information, education and citizen participation; and supports city agencies in developing the capacity to interact, communicate and serve the city’s diverse community. The Hispanic Liaison Office also promotes diversity within the city by sponsoring the Imagine Festival, which highlights Richmond’s diverse community and public safety, as well as by supporting the outdoor ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia, one of the largest Latino festivals in the state and in the southern United States.
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Office of Latino Affairs, Washington, D.C.

The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) has served the Latino community since 1976. The office works with the local government and community organizations to learn and be able to inform the Latino community about the different city services available to them. OLA serves as the mayor’s liaison on issues concerning the Latino community. It also provides partnership and outreach services to DC’s Latino residents through its Community Relations and Outreach Program. This program disseminates information and educational services to Latino residents and fosters community partnerships to gather information and design better programs to serve the Latino community.
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Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative, Littleton, Colorado

The Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative (LI3) first appeared in 2003 with the goal of integrating all international newcomers into the Littleton community. Alongside this Initiative, the Littleton government also created the Littleton Immigrant Resource Center, which in 2009 merged with LI3. LI3 works to create a community in which all people feel like they belong by supporting services and programs for local immigrant families, bridging language and cultural differences through cultural and informational events, developing a committed donor and volunteer base and initiating fundraising opportunities. LI3 is always looking to fund new immigrant projects and initiatives.
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Immigrant Integration Partnership, Los Angeles, California

In late January 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas and Mayor Villaraigosa announced a new partnership to promote citizenship and strengthen immigrant integration efforts in Los Angeles, one of the most diverse cities in the country. This new partnership between local and federal officials was launched as a pilot program that will remain in effect for two years. Immigrant residents in Los Angeles have access to free citizenship information sessions; naturalization workshops; USCIS educational materials highlighting the U.S. citizenship and the naturalization process; and targeted outreach to increase awareness of citizenship rights and responsibilities.
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Immigrant Advisory Committee, Boulder, Colorado

The Immigrant Advisory Committee to the City Manager was developed in 2006 to encourage immigrant involvement in the city government and to advise the city on issues relating to the immigrant community. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the city manager in developing policies and services for the immigrant community. The committee likewise encourages the immigrant community to access these city benefits, opportunities and services.
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Immigrant Relations and Integration Services, Santa Clara County and San Jose, California

The Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County has an Immigrant Relations and Integration Services (IRIS) office that promotes the full inclusion of immigrants in Santa Clara County and works on projects that promote positive immigrant relations and integration services. IRIS strives to improve the lives of immigrants and all residents by recognizing and appreciating the contributions of immigrants, educating all county residents about the backgrounds of and challenges affecting immigrants and fostering a multicultural community.
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Immigrant Services, Skokie, Illinois

In late 2008, Skokie hosted an International Leadership Academy for immigrant residents who wanted to learn about taking on greater community leadership roles through volunteerism, service on a board or commission or as an elected official. With funding from the Chicago Community Trust, this two-part event included sessions on leadership throughout American history; understanding state and federal government systems; serving as a volunteer, appointed official or elected official; and the etiquette, protocol and art of negotiation.
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H.A.N.D.S. Across Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

H.A.N.D.S. (Helping All Nationalities Diversify Society) Across Chattanooga is an outreach program established in 2010 by the City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. While the Office of Multicultural Affairs has a broad focus of eliminating discrimination against all citizens due to race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability and ethnicity, H.A.N.D.S. is a smaller program that fights discrimination due to national origin only and works to integrate immigrants into the city. H.A.N.D.S. brings together international newcomers with local agencies and service providers to help these new residents become more acclimated to the community.
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New American Initiative, Columbus, Ohio

Created in 2002, Columbus’s New American Initiative tries to create solutions to the challenges facing new immigrants. The initiative has several broad goals: Increase immigrant access to city services; provide fair resource distribution to all city residents; empower new arrivals towards self-sufficiency; and enhance activities that foster greater appreciation for diverse cultures.
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Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs formalizes relationships between the city and immigrant communities to enrich the diversity of the city. Composed of nine members, the commission’s scope of activities include advocacy, publications, symposia, exhibitions, retreats, concerts, dialogues, debates, conferences, public forums, receptions and meetings. The commission works to encourage the development and implementation of policies and practices intended to improve conditions affecting the cultural, social, economic, political, educational, health and general well being of African and Caribbean immigrants, refugees and asylees residing in Philadelphia. It also works to create public awareness of the rich history, geography and culture of the African continent and to engage members of the African Diaspora and American communities in a dialogue on how to strengthen bilateral relationships.
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Office of International Affairs, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) works to create a multicultural community and to serve all members of the community, particularly new residents. OIA works to integrate immigrants and refugees into Louisville by connecting them to governmental and non-governmental resources and by serving as an information clearinghouse. Louisville provides many services to the immigrant community, including a community language bank for interpreters and translators; social services, i.e. resettlement agencies; English as a second language classes; career opportunities; leadership opportunities that foster interest in and promote educational, civic, and social service activities.
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Mayor’s Hispanic Latino Initiative, Durham, North Carolina

Started on July 26, 2002, the Mayor’s Hispanic Latino Initiative seeks to reduce the high number of violent crimes against Hispanics by building a stronger partnership among the Hispanic community, the city government, and police. Strategies developed to reach this goal include increasing the level of police activity in targeted Latino neighborhoods; integrating Latinos into the community by developing neighborhood capacity and breaking down barriers to community services, governmental institutions and employment opportunities; and decreasing potential friction between Latinos and other population groups by promoting understanding of cultural differences.
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Victim Services – Immigration, El Paso, Texas

Immigrants too often become victims of domestic abuse. Many of their batterers use immigration status as a way to control them, making them feel powerless to seek help or protection. The abuser may exploit the immigrant in many ways, such as destroying or stealing his or her papers, calling him or her names such as “illegal,” threatening to have the person deported or reporting his or her immigration status. The City of El Paso’s Police Department is aware of these concerns and in response established a Victim Services Unit to work with immigrants to make sure that they are aware of their rights. Victims have the right to protection from harm and threats and have the right to privacy. Most importantly, as victims of crimes, immigrants are not required to report their immigration status to police. A female immigrant who goes to a battered women’s shelter has the right to keep her immigration status private. Likewise, El Paso residents are not required to be citizens in order to get a restraining order and are entitled to receive emergency medical care.
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Immigrant Outreach Program / Community Facilitators Volunteer Program, Austin, Texas

The Austin Police Department’s Office of the Community Liaison has established several programs to increase and facilitate communication between law enforcement and recent immigrants. In 2001, the Community Liaison office kicked off its Immigrant Outreach Program geared toward Spanish-speaking immigrants in response to the high rates of robberies reported against foreign born residents. To address this problem, the department recognized it was essential to improve communication between police and recent immigrants. One way to do this was through a hotline, “Tu Voz,” which receives calls and serves as a referral line for the Spanish-speaking immigrant community. Although the Immigrant Outreach Program managed to achieve many goals, it was eventually canceled in 2004. However, the “Tu Voz” program remains in place.
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Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Fort Wayne’s Community Development, Planning & Policy Department created the Hispanic and Immigrant Liaison position in 2009. The liaison works to establish communication with the Hispanic community as well as with the general immigrant community. The liaison provides information and assistance for accessing city services and is involved in community development planning projects that affect the city’s immigrant communities. In addition, the liaison educates the community at large about the changes and cultural issues associated with Fort Wayne’s diverse populations. The liaison works to continuously collaborate, coordinate and organize community events that benefit recent immigrants, refugees and other diverse communities.
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Latino Advisory Council, Seattle, Washington

Created in 2003, the Latino Advisory Council to the Seattle Police Department has the objective of building a partnership between the Latino community and the city’s police department. This particular council is assigned a deputy-chief of police, one officer liaison and support staff. The Latino Advisory Council focuses on four key areas: Advising the police department on public safety issues and challenges affecting local Latinos; promoting dialogue that builds trust and confidence between the Latino community and the police; educating and training police officers to be culturally competent; and encouraging Latino community engagement in the Advisory Council and other city programs promoting public safety.
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Safe Integration Project

The Safe Integration Project (SIP) was launched by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) in London, Ontario, Canada with the aim to prevent family violence within families coming from conflict zones that have experienced pre-migration trauma. SIP provides families and individuals coming from conflict zones with crisis intervention skills and safe […]
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Muslim Family Safety Project

Changing Ways is an organization founded in 1982 in London, Ontario as a result of a research project which recommended the development of a program for men as part of an integrated community response to violence against women. During the past five years, their program “Muslim Family Safety Project” (MFSP) has been very successful in […]
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Controversy around laïcité in France

Laïcité has been for decades a warrant of equal rights of belief and respect to all religions in France. However, in recent weeks some politicians have questioned the commitment of certain ethno-religious communities to that essential principle of the French Republic. Concerns over migrants’ integration have been the reason given by the ruling party, the […]
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The great internal migration

Internal migrants often face as many challenges as international ones. Challenges they face are often very similar to those of international migrants, including those associated with socio-cultural integration. In the book “Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World,” Douglas Saunders explores the migratory movement that is transferring a third of […]
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How to better protect and promote Human Rights in Australia

On January 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group reviewed the status of Human Rights in 50 countries from across the world – including the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Ghana, Mexico and South Africa – and released a series of recommendations for these countries. The Federation of Ethnic […]
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The political identity of Arab-Americans

The Arab community in America is a heterogeneous group composed of roughly 3 million people. More than 75% of this number are descendents of immigrants. In this paper, Younes Abouyoub, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at Columbia University, examines four aspects of the political participation of this community, namely protest politics, interest-group politics and organizations, office […]
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Best Employers for New Canadians competition

Canada’s Top 100 Employers recognizes Canada’s best places to work through different competitions. The Best Employers for New Canadians competition. is a campaign launched for the first time in 2007 that it is managed by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in partnership with the mentoring program ALLIES, a joint initiative of the The […]
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Still not easy being British

Tariq Modood, Director of the University of Bristol Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, has published his new book “Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship”. As a leading authority on these subjects within British academia, Modood describes the growth of Muslim political assertiveness in the context of rethinking multiculturalism […]
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Migration and Child Welfare National Network

Leading organizations in the fields of immigration and child welfare have come together to increase the effectiveness of the child welfare system's and other corresponding systems' response to migration issues. These organizations constitute the founding members of the Migration and Child Welfare National Network (MCWNN). The network currently has four main areas of focus, formed into committees, related to migration and child welfare: Policy/advocacy, promising practices, research and evaluation; and transnational relations.
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Vancouver, an exemplary diverse city

In an interview to the Canadian news channel CTV, Mayor Gregor Robertson, praised Vancouver’s diversity because it “doesn’t just provide it with an identity and reputation for being welcoming – it’s also the city’s ticket to future prosperity.” By 2031, nearly 60 per cent of Vancouver residents will be visible minorities, up from 42 per […]
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Cultural Infusion

Cultural Infusion is a not-for-profit organisation that works in education, youth, communities and the arts to promote cultural harmony and well-being for a more cohesive and richer society. Cultural Infusion is dedicated to promoting equality, social justice and encouraging a broader understanding of culture across our community for the benefit of all. Over the past six years we have worked with diverse tools to enable the greatest number of people possible to experience vibrant cultural and inter-cultural arts and social initiatives.
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Survey reveals misperceptions about migration data

Debates around migration are often fuelled by large-scale misconceptions both in North America and Europe. People need to be given a realistic sense of the scale of immigration in their country so that they can have a nuanced view toward immigration. According to a survey released on February 3rd Americans and Europeans both tend to […]
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A more humane approach to undocumented migrant children

Detention and deportation of children is a common practice in many European countries. Thousands of migrant children are detained and forcibly brought to detention centres every year. Despite they have not committed any crime, they have to endure prison-like conditions, being deprived of education and suffering phychologically. Sometimes they are also exposed to abuse and […]
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Youth Empowering Parents

With the YEP approach, we have one trained ESL instructor teach multiple youths at the same time, who in return provide one-on-one tutoring to their respective parent/guardian. Based on our primary research observation, we found this dynamic already existing between many immigrant parents and children at home. We want to take what occurs naturally at home, and create a formalized program where progress can be tracked and rewarded. Essentially, the YEP program takes the existing model of one instructor to many immigrant parents and adds an intermediary (the youth) for an enhanced learning process.
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Cameron’s statement on migrant integration and reactions from other countries

United Kingdom’s Prime Minister said on February 5th that State multiculturalism has failed and left young Muslims vulnerable to radicalization. Cameron reminded the necessary active participation of migrants in their communities. “A passively tolerant society… stands neutral between different values,” he said. “A genuinely liberal country does much more. It believes in certain values and […]
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BBC documentary explores racial tensions in Sweden

For his latest project the acclaimed photographer Joseph Rodriguez turned his lens on a group of young Muslims growing up in the city of Malmo, Sweden. Rodriguez attempts to find out why racial tensions are increasing in one of the most progressive countries in Europe. Rosengard in Malmo is symbolic of the divide between the […]
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Paid internships on media and migration with IOM

The IOM and its partners are recruiting 24 interns for a three months traineeship each to work within the framework of the project 'Migrants in the Spotlight: Training and Capacity Building for Media Representatives and Students', financed by the European Commission. Applicants should be young professionals or students of journalism, social studies, political sciences or a related field, who are interested in migration and media issues and are immigrants or come from a family of immigrants. Those applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in migration issues but do not possess an immigration background will be also considered; however, preference will be given to the first group.
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Filipino migrants in Egypt join international condemnation of violence

Migrante-Middle East, an alliance of various Filipino migrant rights groups in the Middle East, strongly condemned the on-going crackdown on freedom of the Egyptian people and the violence used by some demonstrators. John Leonard Monterona, Migrante Middle East regional director said that in order to concretely express their solidarity with the Egyptians and other peace […]
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Chinese New Year celebrated around the world

Millions of Asians celebrate the Lunar New Year around the world. The Year of the Rabbit officially began on February 3. In China, people set off fireworks to welcome 4709. Celebrations will last 15 days ending with the full moon on the Lantern Festival. This festival is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children […]
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Cities of Migration organizes webinar on migrants’ health

Cities of Migration has organized a 60 minute webinar on: Healthy Communities: Improving Immigrant Access to Healthcare. Staying healthy means knowing when and where to go for medical help and having access to experts who can speak your language, culturally and linguistically. The webinar explores innovative strategies for improving access to healthcare in immigrant communities […]
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Links between global migration and cultural diversity explored in the UK

The Centre for Research on Nationalism Ethnicity and MulticulturalismIn (CRONEM) of the University of Surrey and the Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society (VISOR) of the Free University of Amsterdam organize a multidisciplinary conference on “Global Migration and Multiculturalism: Religion, Society, Policy and Politics.” CRONEM is a multidisciplinary research centre in the […]
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Off-Broadway’s musical “La Barbería” honours Dominican migrants

La Barbería" - or in English, "the Barbershop" is a new musical comedy by David Maldonado and Ari Maniel Cruz and directed by Waddys Jacquez that will play an open-ended engagement at New World Stages, beginning February 3, with an official opening on February 17. The show is a comedy drama inspired in the history of the Domican migration to New York, a portrait of Washington Heights, a neighborhood in flux and a tribute to the strength of a community. This off-Broadway show uses original contemporary Latin music emanating from the airwaves and is performed mostly in Spanish.
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Immigration reform, Gays and Lesbians to sponsor their partners?

When or how a comprehensive immigration reform will happen in the US remains uncertain. However, one of the issues that will be considered is the possibility for gays and lesbians to sponsor their life partners for residency in the US. An increasing number of Fortune 500 companies, such as Pfizer, American Airlines, Cisco Systems, Nike […]
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US clergy call for comprehensive immigration reform

About a dozen faith leaders warned on Monday that the proposed Utah Legislature’s immigration bills — especially Rep. Stephen Sandstrom’s enforcement-only measure — would create a climate of fear and division among communities. A letter signed by over 30 communities including state’s Catholic and Episcopalian bishops and the Lutheran bishop over the Rocky Mountain region, […]
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Concurso escolar “Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!”

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British Muslim conservative chairman: stop ‘bigotry’ against Muslims

Baroness Warsi, co-chairman of the Conservative Party in the UK addressed a speech at the University of Leicester in which she expressed her concerns about a “growing religious intolerance in the country,” especially towards Muslims. Her statements represent the most high-profile intervention in Britain’s religious debate by any member of David Cameron’s government. Although Mrs. […]
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Buying-in inclusion-processes in the workplace

A research directed by Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, associate professor of management and organizations at Michigan’s Ross School of Business reveals that building inclusive environments in organizations and educational settings often face resistance by whites. Sanchez-Burks highlights that “in the face of the dramatic projected growth in demographic diversity, such failure could have severe economic, social and […]
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Sindicada – COMRàdio

Sindicada – COMRadio Sindicada – COMRàdio Sindicada is an online platform that allows the exchange of audio and information among the 140 radio stations members of Xarxa COMRàdio. These radio stations are located in Catalonia, Spain and are associated in the “Consorci de Comunicació Local -CCL” (Communication Municipal Consortium). Sindicada offers a rich variety of […]
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The EU against jeopardizing temporary migrant workers’ rights

The European Parliament disagreed on a draft law that would introduce a European single permit for migrants. The proposal was rejected (306 in favour, 350 against and 25 abstentions) on the grounds that it would create a a two-tier workforce. EU’s current approach to economic migration encourages the immigration of highly qualified workers and temporary […]
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Made in L.A. documentary film

Made in L.A. is a documentary that follows the story of three Latina immigrants working in the clothing industry in Los Angeles that try to win basic labor protections from clothing retailer Forever 21. The documentary presents the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by their three-year odyssey. […]
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Cuts to Integration Budgets in US and the EU

Recession-battered European countries made cuts to their integration programs in 2009. These cuts have continued in 2010 exception made of Germany, only EU-country that has increased integration spending. In the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, the combination of recession and new policies are impacting on integration programs. The governing coallition in the United Kingdom has […]
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Mexico City wins the World Best Mayor Prize 2010

Cities and mayors are at the front line of integration challenge, and active involvement of local governments in integration of migrants enables progress, innovation and development. Mayors’ experience in managing cultural diversity must feed into policy making at national level. The think tank City Mayors Foundation launched the 2010 World Mayor Project in the spring […]
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Migrant women, leading fighters for domestic workers’ rights in the US

Migrant women make up a growing proportion of home-based employees in the United States, including caregivers for children, the elderly and those with disabilities, housekeepers and nannies. Mobilization of this collective is, however, challenging. They are often worried about their precarious immigration status. CASA de Maryland and Domestic Workers United (DWU), two leading migrants’ organizations […]
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Spain: migrants to vote in local elections

Immigrants with legal status that have resided for at least five years in Spain will now be given the rights to vote in local elections beginning in 2011. This opportunity represents a historical milestone. For the first time ever, non-EU migrants will actively engage in the democratic process. Participation of migrants in policy-creation and decision-making […]
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E Pluribus Unum Prizes: Honoring Exceptional Immigrant Integration Initiatives

With its E Pluribus Unum Prizes, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) awards exceptional initiatives that promote immigrant integration. The prize aims “to honor the efforts of those who are creating stronger, more unified and successful communities by strengthening relationships between native-born and foreign-born Americans.” The E Pluribus Unum Prizes national awards program provides four $50,000 […]
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Ten Thousand Waves, a meditation on human migration

Isaac Julien's new movie explores the movement of people across countries and continents and meditates on unfinished journeys. The movie combines fact, fiction and film essay genres against a background of Chinese history, legend and landscape to create a meditation on global human migrations. The original inspiration for Ten Thousand Waves was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which 23 Chinese cockle-pickers died. In response to this event, Julien commissioned the poet Wang Ping to come to England and write Small Boats, a poem that is recited in the work. In the successive years, Julien has spent time in China slowly coming to understand the country and its people’s perspectives and developing the relationships that have enabled him to undertake this multifaceted work.
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Migration and Human Security Diploma Program

Migration has become a major focus of policy attention in many countries and international organizations. International migration is directly related to levels of human security in countries of origin and destination. The International Institute of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS) has developed a new program that tackles these issues. The diploma program on […]
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Japan: more skilled migrants and new integration policies

The Tokyo-based think tank Japan Forum on International Relations has submitted a set of policy recommendations on migration to the Prime Minister of Japan. The document “Prospects and Challenges for the Acceptance of Foreign Migrants to Japan” affirms that the country is losing favour as an investment destination because of several factors, including skilled labour […]
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“Ethnic club cultures in urban Europe” project

A research project by the Goethe University in collaboration with the European Resarch Council studies new forms of public sociality emerging among young people with migrant backgrounds in the context of urban club cultures in three European cities. “Ethnic Club Cultures in Urban Europe” is a comparative study of the phenomenon of ethnic club scenes […]
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Nomination call for Paul Yuzyk Award – Canada

Nominations for the third annual Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism can now be sumbitted. If you know a Canadian individual or organization that deserves to be recognized for his or her contributions to multiculturalism, diversity, and the integration of cultural communities and new Canadians, you can now nominate. The deadline for 2011 Paul Yuzyk Award […]
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UNHCR and CoE: How can refugees learn to trust the state again?

UNHCR and the Council of Europe organized a round table of experts in Strasbourg in order to examine the role of local integration and resettlement as a means of addressing refugee problems and finding durable solutions. “The purpose of the round table was to hold a fruitful exchange of views and ideas as to how […]
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Integration through rites of passage

Rites of passage can be found in every culture. They can have biological or cultural roots. They constitute an important example of exclusion/inclusion, discrimination/integration processes. Understanding these rites contributes to deconstruct wrong perceptions about ethno-religious identities. “Rites of Passage as a means for interculturality” consisted on 20 workshops organized in welcoming classrooms of Luxemburg. Around 120 youth from 12 to 17 years old have raised their awareness on the issue, half of them with a migrant background from Cape Verde, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, China or Kosovo. Workshops employed the methodology of diversity education.
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Gypsy World audiovisual project

Maranatha Federation is a non profit organization that aims to promote integration, rights and culture of Roma. Its main objective is to improve education and socio-economic background of Roma in the region of Valencia (Spain). Maranatha also promotes Roma culture and identity, as well as their integration in the context of main stream society. Since […]
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The Canadian Council of Muslim Women

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women believes that "Muslim women must develop their Muslim identity while being a part of and making a positive contribution to Canadian society, and that they must provide positive role models for Muslim youth." Several projects implemented by the CCMW include the "Being Canadian Muslim Women in the 21st Century" project that promotes leadership among Canadian Muslim women/girls and encourages then to fully participate in society; or their Muslim Youth Program (My Canada Project), a two-year project that aims at "developing a coordinated strategy that will provide opportunities for Muslim youth to strengthen their Canadian Muslim identities and increase their participation in the civic life of their communities."
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Language requirements in UK: migration control or integration policy?

UK immigration minister Damian Green has recently spoken to the BBC about the new English tests that will be required for spouses and partners of migrants. To date, the Ministry of Immigration in the UK justified the language policy to the public by talking about the role it will play in promoting integration of migrants. […]
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The invisibles – series of films about undocumented migrants in Mexico

Amnesty International and Mexican actor and producer Gael García Bernal, have launched a series of films about the journey that migrants make between Guatemala and Mexico on their way to the United States. "The Invisibles offers a unique testimony of migrants, aid workers and medical professionals who speak about the danger and hopes of thousands of men and women who cross Mexico in search of a better life." In April 2010, Amnesty International released a report called "Invisible Victims: Migrants on the Move in Mexico." The report registered the experience of abuses against migrants in Mexico including, for instance, nearly 10,000 migrants abducted, killed, robbed, or even assaulted and thrown off speeding trains.
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Muslim associations organize open house in Geneva

The Association of Muslim Organizations of Geneva (l'Union des organisations musulmanes de Genève) organized an open house to advance dialogue within the Genevan society and discuss about people's concerns and questions regarding Islam and Muslim's presence in society. During the course of the "Islam in Geneva, let's talk. To dialogue is to share" day ("L’islam à Genève, parlons-en. Dialoguer c’est partager"), ten Muslim organizations invited visitors in seven different locations. Activities consisted of a series of discussions, conferences and expositions on the work carried out by these organizations. Space for conviviality was also provided.
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Philosopher Habermas on migration and multiculturalism in Germany

Prestigious philosopher Jürgen Habermas, professor emeritus of philosophy at Goethe University in Frankfurt expresses his concerns about politicians that "can divert the social anxieties of their voters into ethnic aggression against still weaker social groups." Habermas believes that integration of Muslim Turkish migrants and their descendants has generally been a success in Germany. Although, in some economically depressed areas there is certainly a problem of isolation from mainstream society.
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Migration Policy Institute’s call for papers

The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is initiating a new research project that examines the well-being and development of young children in Black immigrant and refugee families from birth to age 10. Supported by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD), this project aims to understand issues related to "immigration and settlement patterns, education, language acquisition, health, parental and family resources, and other factors influencing child development and well-being."
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Merkel on mosques in Germany

A news item from the Migration Policy Group features excerpts from a interview with Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which she points out that integration is an important task for German people facing immigration. Germans need to accept that immigration is changing the character of the country. Indeed, "mosques will be a more prominent part of [the] urban landscape than before.” Merkel reminded that the German constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Respect and tolerance can only be guaranteed if laws and all articles of the constitution are respected.
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Pew research: Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

A recent national survey by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, concludes that “86% of Latinos support providing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if they pass background checks, pay a fine and have jobs.” This level of support among the general public is also high (68%). The survey […]
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Course for Imams in Germany aims at integration

The University of Osnabrueck has launched a program that will train Muslim spiritual leaders to help Muslim communities to integrate. As Martina Blasberg-Kuhnke, vice-president of the University of Osnabrueck, states, “Imams play a pivotal role because they work with their communities, their religion and with society at large, so they have a public function (…) […]
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A Deportation Love Story – Independent Feature Documentary Film

This feature length documentary gets to the heart of the U.S. immigration system. After 18 years in America, Tony and Janina Wasilewski’s family is torn apart when Janina is deported back to Poland, taking their 6 year old son Brian with her. Set on the backdrop of the Chicago political scene, and featuring Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez at the heart of the immigration reform movement, this film follows the Wasilewski’s 3-year struggle to be reunited, as their Senator Barack Obama rises to the Presidency. With a fresh perspective on the immigration conversation, this film tells the untold human rights story of Post-9/11, that every undocumented immigrant in America faces today, with the power to open the conversation for change. The film is produced by Ruthless Films (Alma, Lipstick & Dynamite) in association with Kartemquin Films (PBS immigration series The New Americans, Hoop Dreams, In the Family). Anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. is rampant. It is often referenced as the new white supremacy movement. And while undocumented migrants contribute to the economy more that they ‘take’, they are the growing scapegoat of economic downturn.
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Researchers agree that immigration is economically and socially beneficial to Europe

With the economic downturn fears are growing across European societies that immigrants are hindering, not helping. According to Eurostat, EU’s statistics agency, the 27 members countries of the EU were host to 32 million foreign citizens in 2009, of which around one third were from another EU27 country. Christian Dustmann, economics professor at University College […]
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UN Secretary-General warns against the “policies of discrimination and exclusion” in Europe

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon addressed the European Parliament on the 60th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. In his speech, Ban Ki-moon acknowledged that Europe has been example of peaceful change through ever-closer integration and of respect to Human Rights. However, he showed his disappointment and concern on the situation of migrants in […]
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Are countries shutting their doors to migrants?

In an article published in the Minnpost, several experts analyze the status of migration in different regions of the world. Migration isn’t just about rich countries shunning the arrival of migrants from poorer ones. According to the UNDP, only about one-third of migrants move from a developing country to a developed one. The economic downturn […]
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Challenges of migrant women in ageing societies

The FEMAGE project has released the report “Immigrant Women and their integration in ageing societies” . Coordinated by the Bundesinstitut fuer Bevoelkerungsforschung and funded by the European Commission, the general objectives of FEMAGE were “to generate and gain knowledge about the experiences, living conditions, and expectations of third country immigrant women regarding their migration and […]
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Australian attitudes towards immigration and asylum-seekers

Monash University, UNAOC Research Network Partner, has released the results of a national survey mapping Australian attitudes on a range of issues, including discrimination, attitudes towards immigration, immigrants and asylum-seekers. Conducted by Professor Andrew Markus, the survey is part of the Scanlon Foundation’s Social Cohesion Research Program (in cooperation with the Australian Multicultural Foundation and […]
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Mexico City’s new policies on interculturality and integration

Mexico City’s future intercultural strategy was discussed in a forum that took place in the city at the end of August. As a result, Mexico City is in the process of adopting a law titled “Hospitality, Intercultural Attention to Migrants and Human Mobility in the Federal District”. Mexico City is one of the most diverse […]
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Images, public perceptions and integration of Muslim migrants

Managing public perceptions through provision of illustrations and management of images play an essential role in the integration of migrants. Images have an impressive power in affecting collective subconscious. Images have invaded streets through advertising and livingrooms through television, the Internet and magazines. Campaign experts resort to suggestive images that cannot be ignored. Indeed, images […]
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Workshops for community building

In partnership with the City of Williams Lake in Canada, the association Ear to the Ground Planning has organized a workshop that aims to connect youth, elders and community leaders from different backgrounds and discuss issues of violence and racism. Called Inter-Generational Dialogues, the workshop encourages respectful listening and sharing as a means for participants […]
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Internship Program helps newcomers integrate in Canada

Canada has launched a New Federal Internship for Newcomers Program. Over the past two years, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) ran two similar pilot internship initiatives. These initiatives benefited 29 interns last year. Health Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canada Economic Development […]
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International Conference explores integration of Orthodox Migrants in the West

The University of Neuchâtel – Switzerland organizes an international conference about the establishment of Orthodox Churches in several European countries and the United States and their contribution to integration of Orthodox migrants in the West. The conference presents social research findings regarding integration paterns, mechanisms and strategies of Orthodox migrants; their socio-economic issues; and the […]
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Destination Casa Blanca returns with a series on immigration

Destination Casa Blanca is weekly round-table discussion of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN). Focusing on political debate and news analysis on relevant areas for the US Latino community, the series features a series of discussions on immigration. It includes discussion about the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (D.R.E.A.M Act); the […]
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New report released by the Migration Policy Institute’s “Migrants, Migration, and Development Program”

The report, Heritage Tourism and Nostalgia Trade: A Diaspora Niche in the Development Landscape, is the result of a study conducted by MPI’s Kathleen Newland and Carylanna Taylor in cooperation with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The report analyses diasporas’ role in promoting trade and tourism in their countries of origin. This report […]
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Youth and Integration in New Zealand – Report

The Centre for applied Cross-Cultural Research and the Va’aomanu Pasifika Victoria University of Wellington has issued a report on Youth and Integration. The report summarizes the findings of the research project Youth Voices, Youth Choices: Identity, Integration and Social Cohesion in Culturally Diverse Aotearoa/New Zealand (YVYC). The project aimed to “engage youth from diverse ethnic, […]
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Political Participation of Senior Migrants in Europe

EURO_CITI is an innovative and interdisciplinary research project dealing with the different forms of political participation of retired European residents and principally aimed at discussing the practice of European Citizenship both in a conceptual and empirical framework.
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Photo Exhibition about Spanish Immigrants in New York

The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU hosts the photo exhibit “La Colonia” from September 17, 2010 to January 9, 2011. Organized by the New-York Historical Society and El Museo del Barrio, this exhibition will chronicle the history of Spanish workers that migrated to US in the early decades of the twentieth […]
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Migration and Integration in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is notable - beyond any other Brazilian city - for the level of inter-ethnic mixing evident in the streets and public places. Brazilian associations believe that inter-ethnic conviviality is the default position in Brazil and as drugs and economic inequality are gradually brought under control it would become more apparent to outsiders. In general , it is the cities of the south which are both experiencing the highest level of migration and are showing the greatest propensity for innovation in order to solve the problems of growth and integration.
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Migration and Integration in Cairo

In the last decades, Egypt has increasingly become a destination country for irregular migration as well as a transit country for migrants coming mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa en route to Europe, transiting through Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Three kinds of migrants arrive to Egypt: asylum seekers, internal migration from Upper Egypt and migrants from other countries that use Cairo as a stepping stone before emigrating to the EU.
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Migration and Integration in Mexico City

Mexico is considered to be the most important migration corridor in the world. Mexico is a starting point for emigration as thousands of Mexicans try to cross the border with the USA in search of work. But Mexico is also one of the few countries in the world that is both a destination and transit route for migrants. Numerous civil society associations, faith-based groups and governamental organisms are promoting Human Rights and integration.
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Migration and Integration in Singapore

the City is now is a true melting pot of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Arabic communities. With four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) and an impressive number of religions practiced (Buddhism and Taoism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism, and 15% with no religious affiliation), Singapore is a true example of a cosmopolitan City.
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Better education for integration in Germany

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees of Germany announced new measures in the field of education to promote the integration of migrants. These measures vary on the 16 German states and include hiring teachers with foreign backgrounds to reduce the rate of children from immigrant families that drop out of school; introduce free kindergartens; […]
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Cities, Migrants and Diversity, this year’s Anna Lindh Foundation priority field

The Anna Lindh Foundation call for proposals aims at providing funding for innovative projects that contribute to bring people together and promote respect for diversity and better understanding . This year, the Foundation focuses on the role of cities as places to live together in diversity. Diversity and migration are nowadays major challenges in the […]
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Irish Churches together in the promotion of integration and diversity

The Irish Inter-Church Meeting, representing Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, affirmed its commitment with integration of migrants, multiculturalism and diversity in the country. The statement that sets out 10 specific commitments was issued yesterday in Belfast. Some of the commitments include “to recognise and appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity as gifts of God”; fight against […]
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Succesful integration stories of Roma in France

Outside Paris’ city limits about 20 small pre-fabricated box homes talk about integration of Roma in France. This project was promoted by a charity and the local government. Roma that live there committed themselves to find a job and send their children to school. This project has proven that Roma are willing to integrate. The […]
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