The Columbia Global Policy Initiative has made a submission about the role of cities to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration in relation to the Global Compact for Migration. It includes this claim:
local authorities and mayors in particular play a crucial role in framing greater diversity as a complex but fundamentally fruitful outcome of globalization.
This claim is referenced with a citation to a report I co-wrote: Elizabeth Collett & Ben Gidley, ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership
(AMICALL) — Final Transnational Report (2012) see at https://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/media/PR-2012-AMICALL_Transnational.pdf .
On Tuesday 25 September the AMICALL report was launched in Brussels.
The report is the culmination of the project Attitudes to Migrants, Communication and Local Leadership, an eighteen-month transnational project seeking to provide a platform for the sharing of good practice and the development of new strategies for the promotion of positive attitudes towards migrants and towards migrant integration at the local and regional level.
At the launch event in Brussels representatives from four of the six research partners shared research findings and experiences. The partners are the Central European University (Hungary), European Forum for Migration Studies, University of Bamberg (Germany), University Complutense (Spain), COMPAS, University of Oxford (UK), Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Netherlands) and the International and European Forum on Migration Research (Italy).
The event was attended by an international audience with migration, integration and local authority interests. In addition to the presentations by project partners the audience also had the opportunity to listen to talks from speakers from the Migration Policy Institute, the Council of Europe, The Gallup Organisation Europe, and the City of Ghent about research results and local experiences in relation to xenophobia and shaping positive attitudes at the local level.
The full final transnational report, executive summaries, and country reports are all available online.
I spoke at the annual conference of the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration last week, at Newtownabbey, Belfast. I can think of few events where I have felt more welcomed – thanks to the Northern Ireland Local Government Agency for organising this great event. This is from the Partnership’s website (with my bit at the bottom):
The first conference of the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership was held on the 19th of April, 2012 in Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey. Attendees came from the voluntary, community and statutory sectors to discuss the importance of immigration issues being explored at a local level. The beginning of the day explored the potential of the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership to help emphasise and address the specific regional needs of Northern Ireland in regards to immigration and integration, while the afternoon sessions featured specific actions on how the Partnership, the statutory and voluntary sectors can collaborate and cooperate to promote integration and support migrants. Continue reading