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European network of cities for local integration policies for migrants (CLIP)
(all the information of the project coming from the official webside of the Eurofound,www.eurofound.europa.eu)
Project coordinator in the Institute of International Studies, Dr. Patrycja Matusz Protasiewicz
CLIP is a network of 30 European cities working together to support the social and economic integration of migrants. The CLIP network composition is threefold. It operates under the aegis of a number of European organisations, it comprises a network of European cities and is supported by a group of specialist European research centres.
The full CLIP network (steering committee, research group and cities) meets twice a year. By encouraging the structured sharing of experiences through the medium of separate city reports and workshops covering four research modules, the network enables local authorities to learn from each other and to deliver a more effective integration policy. For each of the four research modules one specific issue relevant to the integration of migrants in relation to the role of local authorities is examined.
the first module researched by CLIP was on housing – segregation, access to, quality and affordability of housing for migrants - which has been identified as a major issue impacting on migrants’ integration into ‘host societies’
the second module examined equality and diversity policies in relation to employment within city administrations and in their provision of services
the focus of the third module is on intercultural policies and intergroup relations
the final module (2009-2010) will look at ethnic entrepreneurship.
In 2006, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the city of Stuttgart and Eurofound established a 'European network of cities for local integration policies for migrants' (CLIP). The network comprises of a steering committee, a group of expert European research centres and a number of European cities. In the subsequent two years the cities of Vienna and Amsterdam joined the CLIP Steering Committee. The network is also supported by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). The CLIP network has also formed a partnership with the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).
Through the medium of separate city reports and workshops the network enables local authorities to learn from each other and to deliver a more effective integration policy. The unique character of the CLIP network is that it organises a shared learning process between the participating cities, between the cities and a group of expert European research centres as well as between policy makers on the local and European level.
The CLIP network brings together more than 30 large and medium sized cities from all regions of Europe and includes:
Amsterdam (NL), Arnsberg (DE), Antwerp (BE), Athens (GR), Diputaciò de Barcelona (ES), Bologna (IT), Breda (NL), Brescia (IT), Budapest (HU), Copenhagen (DK), Dublin (IE), Frankfurt (DE), Helsinki (FI), Istanbul (TR), Izmir (TR), Kirklees (UK), Lisbon (PT), Liège (BE), City of Luxembourg (LU), Matarò (ES), Malmö (SE), Prague (CZ), Sefton (UK), Stuttgart (DE), Sundsvall (SE), Tallinn (EE), Terrassa (ES), Torino (IT), Turku (FI), Valencia (ES), Vienna (AT), Wolverhampton (UK), Wroclaw (PL), Zagreb (HR), Zurich (CH).
The cities in the network are supported in their shared learning by a group of expert European research centres in Bamberg (European forum for migration studies (efms), Vienna (Institute for Urban and Regional Research (IST), Amsterdam (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), FIERI (Forum of International and European Research on Immigration), Wroclaw (Institute of International Studies) and Swansea (Centre for Migration Policy Research).
Each research module produces an overview report based on the case studies compiled by the CLIP research team in cooperation with the cities. A set of guidelines for good practice on three levels – European, national and city – is also published. All reports including a number of case studies are available from Eurofound (see housing, diversity). The European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) also hosts the case studies.