Economic integration of migrants and reducing gaps in access to rights

DELI, co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Integration Fund, fosters more efficient local policies in support of migrant-owned SMEs and migrant entrepreneurship as part of wider diversity and inclusion policies.

The project is based on a partnership network of 10 cities, working towards systemic change in the economic integration of migrants and reducing gaps in access to rights.



"Building Inclusive Societies"

Organised by the CoE, the final conference will highlight the results from DELI and C4I projects...

Brussels, Committee of the Regions 23-24 June 2015

”Building Inclusive Societies” builds upon the collaborative experience of two transnational pratnerships involving 21 European cities in efforts to promote intercultural integration and to enhance democratic governance and security in the context of rapid societal change.

The conference showcases innovative and effective approaches to the economic integration of migrants and the fight against negative perceptions and attitudes. Making the business case for diversity, helping local governments to better articulate its strategic economic value, while promoting balanced approach to communication about diversity and migration, are the cornerstones of the projects DELI (Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration) and C4I (Communication for Integration).

The participants will assess the outcome of local initiatives implemented in the framework of these two projects and discuss possibilities for changes and improvements for the wider community of cities facing the challenges of integration and diversity management.

Policy-makers and practitioners responsible for the field of integration from the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Parliament, together with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Committee of Regions are invited to participate in the debates.

European Website on Integration about DELI:

Enhancing the Economic Potential of Diversity: Management Standards For Local Governments

New Tool for Local Governments on Migrant Entrepreneurship

Council of Europe: Final conference on “Building Inclusive Societies”

More documents and information:




The project aims to:

  • Support the development of local partnership platforms with a view to engaging local public and private actors in supporting migrant entrepreneurship at local level;
  • Facilitate access of migrant-owned SMEs to public and private procurement;
  • Develop quality management standards and assessment tools for local governments supporting the design and implementation of economic policies consistent with the principles of equal treatment, integration and diversity management.

Partner cities (click on the map)

DELI is part of the living together in diversity action strand of the Council of Europe and builds upon the knowledge base developed in the framework of the joint CoE/EU programme Intercultural Cities, as well as the projects INTI-Cities, DIVE and Supplier Diversity - developed by Migration Policy Group. Both the Council of Europe and Migration Policy Group share the responsibilities of the overall coordination and implementation of the project. 

DELI final publication

other publication

Round tables


Lilia Kolombet
CoE Project Manager
+33 390 21 53 85
+32 22 35 05 05 (Brussels)

Daria Cherepanova
CoE Project assistant
+33 390 21 58 99

Jan Niessen
Migration Policy Group
+32 2 230 59 30

Alex Kirchberger
Migration Policy Group

Beth Ginsburg
Migration Policy Group

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