Working Together for Local Integration of Migrants and Refugees in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 51.66% of the population was born outside of the country or has at least one parent born abroad. Amsterdam is proud of its cultural and ethnical diversity and actively works to attract international students and high-skilled migrants. Like many European cities, Amsterdam experienced a peak in refugees and asylum seekers arrivals in 2015 and in response has implemented a holistic integration model, which starts at the moment migrants arrive and supports them for their first three years. Migrants are not considered as a minority group with different needs, but rather as one group among others with specific characteristics (such as women, the elderly, the disabled, LGBT) whose outcomes are monitored to identify potential structural gaps in their access to opportunities and services. This work compiles data and qualitative evidence on how local actions for integration, across a number of sectors, are being designed and implemented by the City of Amsterdam and its partners within a multi-level governance framework.

Published on April 18, 2018

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Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Key data on migrant presence and integration in Amsterdam
Migration snapshot of the city of Amsterdam2 chapters available
Migration insights: Flows, stock and nationalities
City well-being and inclusion
Objectives for effectively integrating migrants and refugees at the local level6 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. Local capacity for policy formulation and implementation
Block 4. Sectoral policies related to integration
List of participants to the interviews with the OECD delegation 21‑23 February 2017
Allocation of competences across levels of government related to migrant and refugee reception and integration
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