Summary The World in a City

All across Europe, municipal governments are drawing up strategies for assimilating various groups of migrants in the local community. In so doing, they must take into account the enormous degree of diversity among migrants. Migrants no longer come from a small number of countries, as they used to, but rather from many countries all over the world. In addition, they all have different reasons to leave their own countries, and represent different ages, socio-economic backgrounds, levels of education, lengths of stay and legal statuses. Their needs are also different, and some are better prepared for the Western European job market than others. Furthermore, some migrants have difficulty connecting with other communities.


This exploratory Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) study report, entitled The World in a City: Migration-Related Diversity and Urban Policy in Europe (in Dutch: De wereld in een stad: migratiediversiteit en stedelijk beleid in Europa), provides an insight into how European cities of various sizes are dealing with migrants from a multitude of ethnic backgrounds.