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31 January 2018

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Dublin: Strong intercultural policies create trust in migrants. IOM/Muse Mohammed 2017

Intercultural Integration Approach in Cities Leads to Local Well-being

Strasbourg (Council of Europe)  – Intercultural integration approach advocated by the Council of Europe, leads to local well-being, finds the new study published by the Migration Policy Group.

According to the study, cities with stronger intercultural policies are more likely to have populations who believe that foreigners are good for their city and local services are trustworthy and efficient. The strong and positive correlation demonstrates that inclusive policies do not antagonise public opinion towards migrant or alienate voters. In addition, residents in cities with strong intercultural and inclusive migrant integration policies have a higher level of satisfaction with public services and the local administration, find it easier to obtain jobs, and feel safer.

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Migration in the News

  • UN News Centre, APO and Xinhua reported that IOM is appealing for USD 103.7 million in 2018 to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance, as well as to support transition, recovery and migration management initiatives in South Sudan.
  • KUNA and Arab Times reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing spoke highly of a Kuwaiti initiative to hold a conference over the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq.
  • France 24 reported about how a Sudanese man who lives in France saved his relatives in Libya through an outcry on social media.
  • IPS published an article by IOM’s Fiona MacGregor who noted that Bangladeshis are rallying to apply for new jobs and learn new skills as part of vital humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Benar News reported that residents of a sub-district in southeastern Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are sheltering, took to the streets Tuesday to demand the refugees’ speedy repatriation.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that according to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the number of irregular immigrants to Spain is expected to increase in 2018.
  • BBC reported about a Spanish woman has been credited with saving the lives of thousands of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to get to Europe. She now faces prosecution in Morocco for human smuggling, accused of working with criminal gangs to facilitate the illegal movement of people.
  • Indonesia’s Sindo News reported that 280 refugees will be relocated to Bintan, Riau Islands.

Trending on the Internet

  • Business Insider reported that the 2006 Turin Olympics athletes village in Italy is now home to over 1,000 African migrants and refugees.
  • The New Yorker published a map that follows the paths of a hundred artists who have fled Syria since 2011, tracing a culture in the midst of migration.


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