Mayors and local authorities are on the frontline when it comes to delivering essential local services from education to health. They also need to quickly respond to unexpected and complex situations such as terrorism, hate crime and hate speech which attack the heart of our ‘living-together’ in cities. Discussions at the event highlighted that engaging the population and establishing effective local inclusion policies are key success factors.
FRA’s recent report stressed the key role of integration of vulnerable people, in particular migrants and refugees as a driver for a cohesive society. Promoting the political and social participation of migrants as a two-way process, promoting citizenship education, civic competences and communicating fundamental rights, particularly at the local level, can create more sustainable solutions towards making cities safer and more secure. Finally, involving mayors in developing national security and budgeting policies would greatly facilitate the effective and coordinated implementation of these policies locally.