Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees

Published on April 18, 2018

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.


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
What do we know about migrant integration at the local level?2 chapters available
A territorial perspective on migrant and refugees integration
Using statistics to assess migrant integration in OECD regions
Objectives for effectively integrating migrants and refugees at the local level7 chapters available
Block 1. Multi-level governance: Institutional and financial settings
Block 2. Time and space: Keys for migrants and host communities to live together
Block 3. Local capacity for policy formulation and implementation
Block 4. Sectoral policies related to integration
Produced indicators and data source
List of 72 European municipalities and associations
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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. 

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.‌

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Find out more about OECD work on territorial approaches to migrant integration

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