A new UNU policy brief examines immigration experiences in eight diverse cities around the world: from Auckland (New Zealand), to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Chicago (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Nairobi (Kenya), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and São Paulo (Brazil).
The brief is based on a larger research report, launched in Maastricht on 21 May 2014, the fruit of a joint project between The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) and UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. The project analysed how businesses and governments in global cities help integrate migrant and refugee populations, either through outreach, specialized programmes, the provision of services, or targeted funding of non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and to what extent these contributions can be deepened or expanded.
By looking at integration from the perspective of public-private partnerships between city level governments and businesses, this research blazes a trail and presents a number of important findings. The policy recommendations include: i) Establish networks and fora to share experiences and identify potential partners both within and between cities; ii) Learn each other’s language and take note of “loaded” terms; and iii) Acknowledge diversity while recognising commonality, particularly in terms of services for different migrant groups. See the brief and media below for more details.
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