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Equality of women and men in local life

Bilbao 2018 - 15.05.2018

Migrant integration in an interconnected world: Bilbao session focus
Migration has always existed in different forms: from the countryside to cities, from one region to the next, or over the border to another country. Nowadays, increasingly, migration is even intercontinental. However, one thing stays constant: once people settle down, it’s always at the local level. Towns and regions are usually not in charge of migration policy. And yet, when it comes to creating a safe space for both migrants and natives to live, work and play in harmony, the responsibility almost always comes down to local governments.

What can towns and regions do to ensure the smooth and successful integration of migrants? We will be exploring that question in detail during a full session at our conference on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Bilbao, from 11 to 13 June.

How can the collaboration between different levels of government (local, national and European) help integration? Can one town’s inclusion policy be replicated in another? What about coordination with the private sector? Discuss these issues and many more with Europe’s best experts on the subject: Mayor of Mechelen, Bart Somers (who won the 2017 World Mayor prize for his work on integration), Deputy Mayor of Salzburg, Anja Hagenauer, as well as the Head of Unit of Intercultural Cities, Ivana D’Alessandro, among others.

This discussion, entitled “Migrant integration: testing our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion”, will take place on 13 June at 9:30.

What about our other sessions? Stay tuned: we will be running a focus article on each session once a week until the conference. In the meanwhile, you can check out the detailed programme here.

Join the discussion on twitter with the official conference hashtag #CEMRBilbao2018.
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