A new web app called "My City of Migration Diagnostic Tool" aims to provide a way to test the level of migrant inclusion in cities worldwide, in order to help those responsible for policy making to understand the conditions that improve or worsen migrant integration in urban areas. The app, also known as "MyCOM" (https://my.citiesofmigration.org/), has modules that use a series of simple scenarios to help users evaluate the quality of inclusion in their city in daily activities such as at work, at school, on election day, in health, and as a new arrival.
Test and essays for more information
The project's website explains, the system is "mapped to ten dimensions of inclusion and proofed by international experts". "The MyCOM Diagnostic provides a detailed snapshot of 'your' city's relative strengths and weaknesses vis-à-vis diversity and inclusion and then directs users to a rich set of resources on the Building Inclusive Cities Learning Platform," the website said.
The resources include "a collection of 10-15 essays by international experts on themes central to inclusive city-building, including the ten dimensions of inclusion indexed by the MyCOM Diagnostic: social, cultural, economic, health, political, civic, spatial and educational inclusion; the role of media; and the general welcome-ability of municipal institutions and public space". "Each expert essay will provide insight and analysis on building inclusive cities, what works, what doesn't, and include examples of good practice, policy recommendations, and resources for further learning and connection," the website said.
Project for more open cities
The MyCOM web tool is part of the Building Inclusive Cities Project, a two-year initiative supported by Open Society Foundations and led by the Cities of Migration initiative at Ryerson University's Global Diversity Exchange with international partners. The Building Inclusive Cities Project "explores the complex and interconnected factors that contribute to open, inclusive cities in an era of global migration".
The project is aimed at city and community stakeholders with the goal of helping them "gain insight on how to design and implement inclusionary policies and practices, and foster the conditions necessary to create a culture of welcome and belonging" as well as "deepen understanding of the multi-dimensional and interconnected factors behind success and failure in immigrant integration and inclusion".