Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Altena

Altena is a small industrial town in the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The city has experienced a significant decline in its population in recent decades and further substantial decreases are predicted through 2030. In this context, the municipality has come to approach migrant integration as a chance to revive the city, counteract demographic change and fill existing labour force demands. In 2015, the city took on 100 more asylum seekers and refugees than required by federal allocation. In 2017, migrants made up 11.3% of the total population of Altena and the majority (54%) have lived there for longer than ten years. This report presents the way Altena and its state and non-state partners are addressing migrant integration issues and opportunities. In particular, the report sheds light on how refugees and asylum seekers have benefited from housing and civic participation programmes as well as the local responses to the peak in refugee and asylum seeker arrivals since 2015. In such a context, when migrant integration is part of the local development strategy, one key question is “How to encourage migrants stay in Altena?”.

Published on April 18, 2018

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Key data on migrant presence and integration in Altena
Migrant integration issues: Characteristics of the city of Altena1 chapter available
Migration insights: Flows, stock and nationalities
The Checklist for Public Action to Migrant Integration at the Local Level applied to the city of Altena4 chapters available
Block 1. Multi-level governance: Institutional and financial settings
Block 2. Time and space: Keys for migrants and host communities to live together
Block 3. Capacity for policy formulation and implementation
Block 4. Sectoral policies related to integration
Annexes3 chapters available
Evolving integration concepts in Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia
Distribution of competencies among levels of government
List of interview partners
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