The session will allow local administrators from urban and rural territories to discuss with peers and researchers how local data and analyses can support integration policies. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how their specific priorities and needs could benefit from the available tools and datasets for benchmarking, facilitating knowledge transfer and enhancing the multi-level governance of integration policies.
The local dimension of migrant integration is typically characterised by a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. In the light of ever more complex migration dynamics, mixed flows, growing diversity and mobility, regional and local administrations need a knowledge-based policy support that would enable their preparedness and resilience. In this context, research and data at local level and at high geographical resolution is key to support local authorities in planning and prioritising integration measures in a wide range of policy domains (education, housing, welfare, employment).
The panel will give the chance to learn from local administrators and data practitioners about their experiences of using local data and analyses on the presence and characteristics of migrants in support of integration policies in urban and rural territories. The following discussion will try to identify common priorities and transferable practices, while exploring some of the tools and information that the European Commission contributed to develop to build a stronger dialogue with local and regional authorities on integration.
The ultimate goal of the workshop is to consider approaches between local actors, researchers and data providers, which could facilitate the planning of integration at local level, enhance the planning of integration services for migrants in cities; benchmark their practices against comparable contexts across the EU; prioritise their actions and strengthen their anticipatory thinking.
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