Towards an Inclusive Approach to Citizenship: Local Covenants for Non-Discriminatory and Equal Opportunities in Access to Employment

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Partners: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), Municipality of Copenhagen, City of The Hague, Compagnia di San Paolo, ICCO, Oxfam Novib. 

date: 16 – 18 october 2007

 

Can innovative policies and covenants be designed which guarantee the effective protection and inclusion of all city residents? Is access to the labour market and employment the key driver for the empowerment and participation of migrants and refugees? What is the place of human rights in the city? How can we move towards their effective realization? Can cities pave the way for a new approach to citizenship? Should and will local policymakers and stakeholders deepen a legitimate say in the highly sensitive (im)migration and inclusion debates as they unfold at the national, regional and international level ?

With specific attention to the challenges faced by migrants and refugees, these are some of the pressing questions addressed in this international workshop with policymakers from the municipalities of CopenhagPostsen, Johannesburg, Lyon, Malmö, The Hague, and Toronto, along with migrant and refugee organisations, NGO representatives and international experts (ILO, UNESCO, UN-HABITAT).

The meeting was organised under the ´Big Cities Initiative´ of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration which aims to explore the role large cities can play in the formation and delivery of effective and sustainable migration and refugee policies in line with the larger human rights and development agenda.

The key findings from the workshop can be found in the Final Report.

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Towards an Inclusive Approach to Citizenship: Investing in Education for the Empowerment of All City Residents

Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Partners: City of The Hague, Compagnia di San Paolo, ICCO, Oxfam Novib.

date: february 2008

 

International Workshop organised by The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration within the World Conference on the Development of Cities: Democratic Innovation and Social Transformations for Inclusive Cities for the 21st Century which took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in February 2008.

To what extent is education the key to the inclusion and empowerment of all in the city? Is it a required focus for a holistic human rights based approach to personal and collective development in the city? What are the challenges in terms of effective and equal access for refugees and migrant populations? Beyond access, what proactive policies can enable newcomers to overcome barriers (language, school environnment, orientation…)? Which stakeholders should be engaged and which partnerships established ?

These are some of the framing questions which guided the work of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration within the World Conference on the Development of Cities. Challenges were addressed by participants from Cairo, Johannesburg, Sấo Paulo, Lyon, Turin and The Hague on the basis of their respective experiences in the field of education, human rights and migration. The initiative unveiled pathways to advance the realization of fundamental rights to education and inclusion of all city residents. The initiative received support by UNESCO, by way of its Assistant Director General for Education Mr. N.Burnett.

The key findings from the workshop can be found in the Final Report.

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