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The Cities Network for Integration (CNI), with its 2nd newsletter, welcomes a period of change and creative challenges, now numbering 17 members, following the accession of four new municipalities. Despite the prolonged uncertainty caused by the pandemic, and the changes, particularly with regard to the refugee issue, respect for human rights, coexistence and social cohesion remain a priority for the CNI members.

After all, the power and importance of ''Togetherness'' has become today more apparent than ever. Guided by these values, the country’s municipalities hosting refugees continue to develop and support social integration initiatives, creating the conditions for the next day.

We are delighted to host the Mayors of the four new CNI members, the Municipalities of Chania, Delta, Kalamaria and Neapoli – Sykees, stating the reasons why they are endorsing this common endeavour. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about the joint actions of the Network members as well as the initiatives led by each Municipality, all of which unite to create a colourful and promising mosaic.

The City of Athens (P.12) contributes with its initiatives carried out within the context of the European pilot program Curing the Limbo, the Migrant Integration Centre (KEM) and the Migrant Integration Council.  

CONTENTS

Messages from the Mayors of Chania, Delta, Kalamaria and Neapoli – Sykees • P. 2 – 4 Jointly: Common initiatives that strengthen • P. 5 – 7 KMOP & BABEL about supporting CNI • P. 8 – 9 Cities in action: The CNI members share stories of participation in times of pandemic • P. 10 -16

• Municipality of Karditsa P. 10
• Municipality of Tripoli P. 11
• Municipality of Athens P. 12
• Municipality of Piraeus, Municipality of Heraklion P. 13
• Municipality of Thessaloniki P. 14
• Municipality of Neapoli – Sykees P. 15
• Municipality of Ioannina P. 16

About

The Cities Network for Integration (CNI) is an intermunicipal network led by municipalities across Greece that jointly design and exchange good practices in the field of integration of migrants and refugees. CNI aims to strengthen social cohesion through coordinated actions and interventions at local and national level. The CNI launched its operation in January 2018, based on a memorandum of understanding between the municipalities of Athens and Thessaloniki.

Since April 2020, the operations of the CNI have been strengthened, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Greece.

To date, 17 municipalities have joined the CNI: Athens, Aghios Dimitrios (Attica), Chania, Delta, Heraklion (Crete), Ioannina, Thessaloniki, , Kalamaria, Karditsa, Larisa, Livadia, Neapoli – Sykees, Nea Filadelfeia - Chalkidona, Piraeus, Tilos, Trikala, Tripoli and .

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