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Planning for migrant integration and inclusion in smaller municipalities – Knowledge exchange

This policy briefing looks at:

  • Understanding the research base on integration in smaller cities and towns
  • Contrasting policy frameworks in the UK and Germany
  • Examples of practice
  • Key findings and lessons



  • Whilst towns face significant integration challenges, they often lack the resources and capacity to proactively respond
  • Integration policy frameworks, whilst often tailored to cities, do apply to towns and smaller cities. However there are distinctive aspects to integration policy making in towns related to:
  • Tailoring narratives of inclusion and diversity to the local context
  • The importance of the public realm, outdoor spaces and high streets, migrant economies to integration planning in towns
  • The potential for more effective community contact approaches in towns and smaller cities
  • The outsized role of political support and advocacy, including the central role of Mayors (in particular in the German context of multi-level governance)
  • There is a clear role for greater peer based learning and networking between towns and between the projects within the towns and across the country
  • The contrasting policy frameworks in the UK and Germany allow for important learning and sharing


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