The Cities Network for Integration (CNI) inspires its members to exchange and plan coordinated activities and interventions at local and national level, aimed at promoting social integration of migrants and refugees and strengthening social cohesion.
The CNI launched its operations in January 2018, based on a memorandum of understanding between the two largest Municipalities of Greece, Athens and Thessaloniki, paving the way for a common framework for cooperation.
At the initiative of Athens, since April 2020, the CNI is supported by IOM Greece and UNHCR Greece on the basis of a trilateral cooperation with the City of Athens.
Based on the priorities set by the participating Municipalities, the two international organizations provide the necessary technical means to develop mechanisms and procedures that promote initiatives with long-term benefits for both host societies and refugee/ migrant populations.
Today, the Network consists of 18 Municipalities, with a total population of 3,103,893 inhabitants.
Member Municipalities: Athens, Thessaloniki, Chania, Delta, Heraklion, Thessaloniki, Ioannina, Kalamaria, Karditsa, Katerini, Larissa, Livadeia, Neapoli – Sykies, Nea Filadelfeia / Nea Chalkidona, Piraeus, Tilos, Trikala, Tripoli, Agios Dimitrios.
The political branch of the CNI consists of the Committee of Mayors, which consists of Mayors and Elected Representatives. The Committee of Mayors is responsible for setting the strategic priorities of the Network.
The technical branch consists of the Technical Forum and the local Technical Working Groups, which contribute towards planning and implementing common initiatives. These groups include municipal staff with experience in the field of social integration of vulnerable groups.
The CNI Coordination Team connects the member municipalities based on their needs and know-how, coordinates joint actions and promotes the achievement of the goals set by its members.
See below some significant numbers that represent the achievements of our network.