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Bremen – Du bist der Schlüssel

One quarter of Bremen’s population has their origin outside Germany, mostly in Turkey, Poland and Russia. That is why in 2009 the city decided to increase number of young immigrants or children of immigrants among its employees (for example policemen, firemen) and make use of their intercultural skills, especially language skills (many of these young people are bilingual). To achieve this goal, campaign called Du bist der Schlüssel… für deine Zukunft und deine Stadt (You are the key... to your future and to your city) was launched. The cornerstone of the campaign was a website with information about possibilities of work for the city administration and brochures not only for young people, but also for their parents – everything in German, Russian and Turkish.

The campaign was successful and it contributed to a bigger share of employees from given minorities and therefore helped to improve the city’s capabilities and participation of all the inhabitants. The encouragement of integration of immigrants into the city’s administration continues, among others through a Facebook profile where you can find up-to-date information about recruitment and information meetings and there are also interviews with the city’s employees.

Further information:

Website Cities of Migration (English, French, German, Spanish)

Website of the campaign Du bist der Schlüssel (German)

Facebook profile of the campaign (German)

Stuttgart – Pact of Integration

Stuttgart’s population consists from 35 % of foreigners and thus the city decided to take an active role in integration of foreigners in 2001. This decision led to creation of the Pact of Integration – a coalition that unites public, private and non-profit sector. Apart from an expression of a positive attitude towards integration of immigrants, the pact includes specific goals and measures to be taken in different areas - for example education, equal opportunities and use of multicultural potential of the city.

The pact also includes provision to create so called international committee that works as a representative of all the foreigners living in the city – the foreigner residents also elect members of the committee. In this way, the committee at least partially compensates for the fact that immigrants in Germany do not have any voting rights, not even in local elections.

The city’s strategy reached big success – both formal (Cities for Peace Prize that had been awarded by UNESCO until 2005) and very practical (the lowest unemployment rate among immigrants in Germany).

Further information:

Website Cities of Migration (English, French, Spanish, German)

Website of the City of Stuttgart (German)

ACIDI - High commissionaire for immigration and intercultural dialogue (Alto Comissariado para a Imigração e Diálogo Intercultural)

The institution was created in 2007 in Portugal as a reaction to the growing number of immigrants in the country. Similarly to UNHCR, the commissionaire (nowadays Rosário Farmhouse) is the main person, but he or she is a part of the whole organisation which provides many activities. The goal of the organisation is above all integration of immigrants into the society and informing the public about immigration, diversity and its benefits.

Among the main activities, there are counselling (e. g. legal and employment advisory), magazine B-i (designed both for professionals and the general public) and publishing informative materials for immigrants. Very innovative is the telephone translation service where can call both foreigners and Portuguese who need to communicate with foreigners. Translators on the phone can translate between Portuguese and over sixty other languages (including Czech) and their service is for free (caller is only charged for a normal call).

In 2011, ACIDI was awarded the European Public Sector Award (EPSA).

Further information:

ACIDI website (Portuguese)

ACIDI Information Brochure (Portuguese, English)

Evaluation of the organisation’s activities from 2008 prepared by the Portuguese mission of the International Organisation for Migration (English)

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