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Migrant Integration Policies at the Local Level

Together with partners, MPG worked on policies to foster migrant integration at the local level, with a focus on the instruments to map and compare these policies.

As a first step, MPG worked with the Council of Europe’s Intercultural Cities Network to validate its Index because of our unique expertise on indicators and multilevel governance. MPG’s key finding—that intercultural cities are better place to live—was presented to hundreds of local authorities at the Network’s 10th Anniversary.

MPG was part of a working group on charting policies for local inclusion of migrants and refugees. The aim of the working group was to create a tool with a set of simple and accessible actions and suggested indicators for inspiring, tracking and accelerating cities’ contribution to the implementation of the Global Compacts.

Project Deliverables

  • 80-page report co-authored by MPG’s staff. A complete version of the study can be obtained by contacting the Intercultural Cities Secretariat.
  • An 8-page summary of the report. Available here.
  • Webinar hosted by the Council of Europe.
  • Intercultural Cities Network’s 10-year anniversary conference where MPG presented its findings to hundreds of local authorities. See the meeting report here.
  • Webinar on Charting local inclusion. Available here.
  • Local Inclusion Action Tool for cities and towns worldwide working to advance the inclusion of migrants, refugees and residents. Available in English, French and Spanish.

Key findings

  • The research identified the links between cities’ intercultural policies, national integration policies and local well-being, establishing that the most intercultural cities are better places to live. The study established that local policies can be more important than national policies for successful integration.
  • The working group identified the most relevant policies for integration at the local level.