IncluCities builds on the crucial role played by local and regional authorities in facilitating migrant integration and seeks to build capacity to respond adequately to migration in less experienced small and medium-sized cities with limited human resources and access to funding.

This three-year project led by CEMR and funded by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) draws on mentoring to facilitate learning between more and less experienced cities. Building on previous experience with city-to-city mentoring, MigrationWork’s role in this project is to facilitate the mentoring process and to support cities in developing action plans together with local stakeholders. A particularity of IncluCities is the involvement of national and regional city associations that can provide important context information and links to national integration frameworks.

IncluCities works through four mentoring schemes with different thematic focus, which were set up based on a needs analysis in mentee cities and a benchmarking exercise identifying key ingredients of local integration strategies in the four areas.

  1. Conducting a strategic assessment of the needs of migrant residents and developing an appropriate, gender-sensitive response
    Mentors: City of Brussels / Brulocalis
    Mentees: Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle / AFFCCR

  2. How to build a vision of a ‘city for all’
    Mentor: City of Mechelen / Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities
    Mentee: City of Capaci / AICCRE

  3. Mobilising citizens to develop tools for decent employment and entrepreneurship for migrants and refugees
    Mentor: City of Fuenlabrada / Federación Española de Municipios y Provincias (FEMP)
    Mentee: City of Livadia / Central Union of Greek Municipalities (K.E.D.E.)

  4. Supporting language learning in formal and non-formal settings
    Mentors: City of Schaerbeek/ Brulocalis
    Mentees: City of Jelgava / Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments

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