The Alliance views the successful integration of migrant populations as both an important goal in itself, and as a key objective in improving cross-cultural relations and inter-communal harmony globally.

The way in which migrant communities view themselves reflects the diversity, complexity, and constantly evolving nature of identity in the modern world. Perceptions and treatment of migrants by the countries they adopt as their homes determines in large measure the success of their integration and that of their children.

Well integrated migrant communities possess a unique insight into cultural differences and similarities across diverse populations. As such, they are uniquely qualified to help improve cross-cultural relations and understanding. Poorly integrated migrant communities can give way to feelings of alienation, resentment, and a tendency toward extremism, even in second- and third- generation migrant populations.

The UNAoC works in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on the issue of Migration/Integration. The Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2009 is complemented by an implementation plan that focuses on three areas of cooperation: 

(1)  establishing a Migration/Integration clearinghouse to display positive experiences of integration of migrants so as to counter polarizing and negative speech/stereotypes about migrants, and to trigger reflection on possible replication in other contexts and promote further involvement of all actors in integration efforts;
(2)  promoting networking platforms for the sharing of good practices on the integration of migrants at the local level; and
(3)  the provision of technical support to the UNAoC Member Countries to help develop national strategies on the migration and integration initiatives.

Download the Research Paper on Migration


"Inter-Ethnic City: Management and Policies for a Better Integration of Migrants" to be held at UNHQ

“The Inter-Ethnic City: Management and Policies for a Better Integration of Migrants”, a high-level roundtable, will take place on 28 September in Conference Room 8 at United Nations Headquarters, from 9am to 1pm. 

Jointly organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Canada, Alliance of Civilizations and International Organization of Migration, the Roundtable will examine good practices and processes for better integration at the level of cities as experienced by local administrators, policymakers, civil society organizations and academics.  This event will showcase practical policies and facilitate networking of representatives of municipalities and other relevant institutions while providing visibility to the issue.

Download the programme for the Roundtable “The Inter-Ethnic City: Management and Policies for a Better Integration of Migrants”.

Click here to watch the webcast of this event.

Click here to read the full press release for the event (with contact information for media).

For additional information, contact Migration & Integration Officer Florence Laufer at Această adresă de e-mail este protejată de spamboţi; aveţi nevoie de activarea JavaScript-ului pentru a o vizualiza .

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Cities of Migration Webinar: Youth Participation and Migrant Voice 

Now online! Watch the 'Youth Participation and Migrant Voice' webinar recording

How do migrant youth deal with living inside and between two cultures?

Young people make up a significant percentage of international migrants and an increasing proportion of today’s urban populations. Yet, a recent UNFPA report laments that relatively little is known about the young migrant experience: “Young people remain largely invisible in research, public debates and policy about international migration.”

On December 1, 2009, Cities of Migration held an open 60-minute webinar on projects from Oldham, Paris, London and Lisbon that looked at the active participation of young people in community development and their views on identity and belonging

Learn from Raja Miah, Director, Peacemaker about how this Manchester-based organization works with young people from different communities and ethnicities to help formerly deeply segregated communities move towards a new, integrated “commonsense vision of Britishness.”

Marion Vargaftig, of Manifesta (London), describes the Belonging project (Manifesta)a transnational initiative that uses intercultural dialogue and video to explore identity and belonging in London/Newham, Lisbon suburb/Casal da Boba and Paris/20th arrondissement.

Florence Laufer, UNAoC, frames the discussion with opening remarks on the youth project PLURAL+ and tells us why the UN Alliance of Civilizations has developed special youth programming; Helen Walsh, Executive Director, Diaspora Dialogues (Toronto) will launch the Q&A.

Link: Alliance of Civilization presentation http://citiesofmigration.ca/integration-learning-exchange/calendar/events/lang/en/?start=2008&end=2009&months=12

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