Increasing global migration has led to significant social, cultural, economic, political, physical, and environmental effects in several parts of the world. Cities play an important role in the processes of immigrant settlement and integration. Not only do they serve as reception areas for newcomers to live, work, learn, play, and socialize like other city inhabitants; they are also important places for building diverse, inclusive, resilient, and ethical communities in the long term. It has become crucial for governments to understand the all the dynamics of global migration in order to tackle the challenges and explore the opportunities it presents. This report presents the key takeaways from Toronto’s planning practices as part of the Building Inclusive Cities initiative.
Value to the UAE Government
The 'Happiness and Positivity Programme' launched by the National Program for Happiness & Wellbeing works toward the goal of building inclusive cities in the UAE. With over 200 nationalities, UAE is home to one of the world's highest percentage of immigrants. The programme serves as a general framework for all initiatives, policies and activities that aim to elevate happiness and positivity for customers, employees and the community.