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Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities: New Brief
A new UNU policy brief, launched in Maastricht on 21 May 2014, examines immigration experiences in eight diverse cities around the world: Auckland (New Zealand), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Chicago (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Nairobi (Kenya), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and São Paulo (Brazil).
This brief summarizes a joint research 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 are contributing to the integration of migrant and refugee populations, either through outreach, specialized programmes, the provision of services, or targeted funding of non-governmental organizations (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 that can be of value to the policy community.
Recommendations include: 1) Establish networks and fora to share experiences and identify potential partners both within and between cities; 2) Learn each other’s language and take note of “loaded” terms; and 3) Acknowledge diversity while recognizing commonality, particularly in terms of services for different migrant groups.