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Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Barcelona

Published on July 26, 2018

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In Barcelona, the rate of foreign residents has quintupled since 2000, and in 2017, 23% of the population was foreign-born. From the late 1990s until today, the municipality has followed an intercultural strategy to implement inclusive measures for local migrant integration. These measures have been recently reinforced to welcome asylum seekers who tripled between 2015 and 2017. For this group, the municipality set up targeted housing and reception policies that complement the national reception system. Migrants have access to municipal measures in key sectors such as housing, minimum living allowances and labour market integration - by the employment service Barcelona Activa - on the same basis as the other residents. Further, Barcelona has developed sensitization initiatives to curb discrimination and improve service delivery in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The municipality has developed local coordination mechanisms with migrant associations and non-governmental organisations that aim to share information, avoid duplication and maximise the access to services such as language classes for migrants. Yet, migrants are particularly affected by socio-economic inequalities particularly following the economic crisis. This report sheds light on how the municipality and non-state partners work together with the other levels of government for sustainable migrant and refugee integration.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive summary
Key data on migrant presence and integration in Barcelona
Introduction
Migration Snapshot of the city of Barcelona
Responses to migrant integration in Barcelona
List of participants in the meetings held in Barcelona with the OECD team – 3rd- 4th - 5th April 2017
Division of competences for integration relevant matters across levels of government
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Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees was launched at OECD Headquarters on April 18th, 2018. This Case Study on Barcelona sheds light on how the municipality and non-state partners work together with the other levels of government for sustainable migrant and refugee integration.

 

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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. 

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