A Global Welcome: Metro Chicago’s Approach to Immigrant Inclusion
More than half the global population lives in metropolitan areas, and this proportion will likely increase throughout the 21st century. A significant contributor to this growth will be immigrants and other newcomers. The opportunities that metro areas offer, economic and otherwise, place cities on the front line of immigrant integration. Cities are the laboratories where solutions to the challenges related to migration are being tested.
The emergence of city leadership on migration agendas, including through global networks such as the Mayors Migration Council and the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration, suggests there are new opportunities on the horizon. Through city diplomacy and sharing of best practices, cities are learning what other cities are doing and bringing home ideas to implement locally. In Hamburg, Germany, for example, the mayor’s office extends an invitation to immigrants when they have met all the qualifications necessary to apply for citizenship, explaining the process for application rather than leaving this responsibility to immigrants. In Spain, cities across the country came together to shape a new national policy for welcoming refugees.
McDaniel, P. & Paral, R. (2020, September). A Global Welcome: Metro Chicago’s Approach to Immigrant Inclusion. Chicago Council on Global Affairs. https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/publication/global-welcome-metro-chicagos-approach-immigrant-inclusion