15th Congress plenary session – 27-29 May 2008
Esther Maurer: ''Housing must not be a factor of discrimination against migrants''
[28/05/2008] The Congress adopted a recommendation and a resolution on integration of migrants through local housing policies. These texts arise out of the findings on migrants’ housing made by the CLIP (Cities for Local Integration Policies) Network, of which the Congress is a founding member.
Rapporteur Esther Maurer (Switzerland, SOC) stressed in her introduction that integration through housing referred to access to affordable and standard quality accommodation meeting culturally diverse housing preferences and needs.
During the debate leading up to the adoption of the text, it was also pointed out that housing formed just one aspect of migrant integration policies, although initiatives and local neighbourhood practices regarding housing were essential in promoting integration and social inclusion in the urban context.