How can we better integrate migrants and refugees at the local level?


Wed, 04/18/2018


OECD, Paris


Title How can we better integrate migrants and refugees at the local level?

Date Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Location OECD, Paris

Confirmation deadline Friday, 6th April 2018


When it comes to migrant integration, the local level matters. Where migrants go and how they integrate into their new communities depends on the specific characteristics of cities and regions. Local authorities, in close collaboration with higher levels of government and local non-state partners, play a vital role in this integration. Cities can learn from each other how to design more coherent responses and implement innovative coordination mechanisms with public and non-public authorities. The data and practices collected in the report “Working together for local integration of migrants and refugees” will help providing local, regional, national and international policy makers and practitioners with better evidence for integration policy design. 

The OECD Territorial Approach to Migrant Integration team will hold in Paris an event for the launch of this report which is the result of the EU-OECD initiative ‘Territorial approach to migrant integration: the role of local authorities’. To attend, confirm your participation by April 6th 2018 by sending an email to



9h00-11h00: A round table with representatives of partner cities and national delegates to the OECD Regional Development Policy Committee will facilitate discussion of the report’s key findings. This will be an ideal opportunity to discuss how the results can be implemented. For e.g., developing indicators for monitoring the implementation at the local level in collaboration with non-state actors and other levels of government (national dialogue on multi-level integration governance); peer-to-peer learning with small-medium sized cities and cities; implementation of the approach in non-EU countries including developing countries; etc.

11h30-12:30: The report will officially be launched by Mr. Nicola de Michelis, Head of Cabinet of Corina Cretu, EC Commissioner for Regional policy (DG REGIO), and OECD Deputy Secretary General Mrs. Mari Kiviniemi.

12h30-13h30: Lunch will be provided in the OECD Restaurant des Nations

13h30-17h30: Field visit organized by the City of Paris