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"Cuidemos Centro": A municipal employment programmee promoting migrant integration in Madrid

Madrid
Spain

 

‘Cuidamos Centro’ (‘We Take Care of the Centro District’) is an employment training and practice programme that targets groups at risk of exclusion and long term unemployment in Madrid. The programme is coordinated by the Madrid Municipal Employment Agency and District Board.

The initiative provides training and paid employment opportunities for those deemed most excluded from the city’s labour market. Whilst it does not exclusively target foreign-born migrants, the latter group are over-represented among the project’s participants (also known as dynamizers).

Going beyond an attempt to incorporate migrants as marginalised population through social programmes, this initiative recognises the potential for migrants to make a meaningful contribution to city-life. Within the programme, the dynamizers act as active mediators for social cohesion, leveraging their home languages and cultures to build relationships between local government actors and the wider migrant population. Overall, the project attempts to mobilise Madrid’s diversity to achieve the policy objective of increased environmental awareness in the city.

This case study was developed in the framework of the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project (MC2CM), a project coordinated by ICMPD and funded by the European Union and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The MC2CM project has been working since 2015 with Amman, Beirut, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangiers, Tunis, Turin and Vienna to increase the knowledge base on urban migration.

Additionally, the project has sought to nurture a peer-to-peer dialogue and mutual learning on specific urban challenges such as social cohesion, intercultural dialogue, employment and provision of basic services for migrants, among others.