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Immigrants in the city

Immigrants in the City:
Recommendations for urban integration policy
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recommendations urban integration policy
"Spatial concentration of immigrants in cities is a fact of life and cannot be prevented. What’s more, we shouldn’t try to obstruct or prevent it. We must abandon the belief that a “mix” of immigrants and natives in city neighbourhoods is a useful instrument for integrating newcomers and hosts..."

These recommendations are directed primarily at municipal decisionmakers and both institutional and private housing providers. They also target federal and Land policymakers dealing with immigration, social, education, labour market and housing policies. Not at least the recommendations advise local players like immigrant organizations and neighbourhood associations, public institutions such as schools and nurseries, private social counselling and child and youth welfare organizations, and interest groups and companies.

Project Outline
Project Outline The project focuses on the socio-spatial integration of ethnic minorities in Germany. Among the groups concerned are immigrants, repatriates of German ancestry, children and grand-children of former “guest-workers”, foreigners living in Germany for many years as well as expatriates for whom Germany is only a temporary place to stay and work.

The Schader Foundation has initiated this project in order to develop, implement, and test advanced approaches to succesfully integrate immigrants. So far, Germany’s practice of integration has not been systematically developed. A successful process of integration requires conducive socio-spatial conditions of housing and neighbourhood – particularly, when integrational forces of the labour market are weakening and the educational gap between German children and their non-german schoolfellows is deepening again.

The following partners are part of this project, which is promoted by the German Ministry of Education and Research:

Schader Foundation
German Association of Cities (DST)
German Head Federation of Housing and Real Estate Associations (GdW)
German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) and
Institute for Housing, Real Estate, Urban and Regional Development at Ruhr-University Bochum (InWIS)

The project is based on two major parts: Firstly, a board of ten experts (Expertenforum), both scientists and experts with practical experience in local affairs and housing. Secondly, a network of eight cooperating large German cities (Praxis-Netzwerk).

The board of experts was assigned with analyzing the general conditions for socio-spatial integration of ethnic minorities in Germany. The findings were published at a congress and in a report in February 2005. The principal task of the city-network starting its main work in March 2005 is to implement these results and to improve the local practice of immigrant integration. Accompanying research monitors the situation before, during and after measures have been taken in the cooperating cities. The end of the project, marked by a two-day congress, is scheduled for June 2006.

In recognition of growing social and cultural diversity, the project’s ultimate ambition is to contribute to social cohesion of urban society and to counteract social segmentation.

Operating Office:
Karlstraße 85
64285 Darmstadt
Fon: +49/6151/1759-0
Fax: +49/6151/1759-25

Project Manager:
Christoph Kulenkampff

Gudrun Kirchhoff

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Letzte Änderung: 02.03.2005