Building on THP’s experiences with conducting Expert Consultations with the private sector and cities, THP identified the need to form partnerships between the private sector and cities to address migration challenges specific to the city in question.
A first pilot project was launched to facilitate the formation of such a partnership in the city of Rotterdam. THP, the Port of Rotterdam, the City of Rotterdam and Erasmus University are focusing on creating partnerships, or pathways of cooperation, between city government and local businesses for the purpose of improving migration and labour market outcomes in Rotterdam.
This two year project is forward looking, has a long-term focus and is being co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City of Rotterdam, and the Port of Rotterdam amongst others. As the project unfolds, THP will roll out a series of other partnerships in cities in and around Europe using the Rotterdam Pilot Project as an example.
For more information about the Business-City Partnership Project please contact Teressa Juzwiak (Research Coordinator).
Tel: +31 (0)10 7118988
Migrant and Refugee Integration in Global Cities – The Role of Cities and Businesses
The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) in partnership with UNU-MERIT and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, has published a report on how businesses and governments in global cities contribute to the economic and social integration of migrant and refugee populations, either through outreach, specialised programmes, the provision of services or targeted funding of NGOs; and to what extent these contributions can be deepened or expanded. The study focuses on efforts by the private sector and city governments – both separately and in partnership – to give these groups greater protection and opportunities in employment markets and communities.
More specifically, this report identifies good practices among the selected cities as well as gaps in intervention by determining whether and how business and cities are currently working together to create opportunities for migrants and refugees to deepen their integration into society. Where there is presently no collaboration between the private and public sectors, the research identifies barriers and opportunities for potential partnerships. To this end, the research draws from eight case studies: Auckland (New Zealand), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Chicago (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Nairobi (Kenya), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and São Paulo (Brazil).
The report is accompanied by eight individual case study reports, one per city, which provide further background information and discussion for the interested reader.
The final report and the individual case studies are available here.