Over the course of 18 months (2015 – 2016), 16 cities from across Europe engaged in Working Groups on issues related to migrant integration. The project aimed to secure tangible reforms in city practices in Europe that address the exclusion of marginal communities via action-oriented learning exchange.
Three working groups, each focusing on a particular area of policy and practice were convened by COMPAS researchers and hosted by participating cities.
The project adopted two complementary approaches:
1) 15 municipal authorities were engaged to work on one of three inclusion issues on which evidence shows that municipalities per se can have significant traction; that address marginalisation of existing residents as well as newcomers; where evidence on good practice is strong; where COMPAS has expertise, and on which progress can be made over an 18 month period:
2) The second approach was to immerse 25 city representatives in a 5 day residential workshop on integration practices, again drawing on research evidence and mutual learning, and with a requirement to report back on outcomes in their city three months after the event.
Prof. Ben Gidley, City Working Group Lead, City branding
Dr Caroline Oliver, City Working Group Lead, Education
Jonathan Price, City Working Group Lead, Homelessness
Emma Newcombe, Head of External Relations
Nathan Grassi, Events support
Denmark, Finland, Germany, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, UK, Wales
The City Working Groups element of this project aimed to secure tangible reforms in city practices in Europe that address the exclusion of marginal communities via action-oriented learning exchange.
Three working groups were set up, each focusing on a particular area of city- or municipal-level policy and practice:
The second part of this project developed our first 5 day residential programme for training and learning exchange, held in Oxford in October 2015.
19 city representatives, predominantly municipal officials with responsibility for inclusion policy and services but also senior civil society representatives – from Western Europe.
Jonathan Price (City working group Lead)
Caroline Oliver (City working group Lead)
Ben Gidley (City working group Lead)