Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities
Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees
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.
The integration of migrants is one of the most formidable tasks policy makers in OECD countries face. The sheer scale of migration necessitates a concerted effort to make integration a success. If integrated successfully, migrants can contribute to host countries in multiple ways, not least of all, economically. At the same time, integrating migrants and refugees can be challenging, especially because they constitute highly diverse groups, consisting of different genders, ages, cultural backgrounds with different motivations, skill sets, educational levels and experience.
This data visualisation tool allows you to compare regions on a number of issues relating to migrant integration, including reception numbers, length of stay, education level, skills and employment statistics.