New research examining the forces shaping the quality of life in diverse cities, has been published today by the Council of Europe.
The study, conducted by the Migration Policy Group, reveals that intercultural cities have higher well-being and citizen satisfaction.
Cities with stronger intercultural policies, based on the Council of Europe model, are more likely to have populations who believe that foreigners are good for their city and local services are trustworthy and efficient.
The strong and positive correlation demonstrates that inclusive policies do not antagonise public opinion towards migrants, nor do they alienate voters.
In addition, residents in cities with strong intercultural and inclusive migrant integration policies have a higher level of satisfaction with public services and the local administration, find it easier to find jobs, and feel safer.
Controlling for the major demographic explanatory factors, cities with stronger intercultural policies are more likely to have populations that see foreigners’ presence as good for the city.
A city’s intercultural policies are the strongest determining factor of public opinion on immigrants, even more important than a person’s age, gender, employment/financial situation or the city’s share of foreigners.
The study was carried out by Anne-Linde Joki and Alexander Wolffhardt with the support of Thomas Huddleston. A complete version of the study can be obtained by contacting the Intercultural Cities Secretariat.