A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination
In response to increasing levels of immigration to Madrid, the City Council of Madrid established the ‘Action Plan of Social and Intercultural Co-existence I’ (2005), which outlined the City’s plan for providing services to its foreign population. The aim of all mechanisms and actions outlined in the Action Plan is the free and full incorporation of all immigrants in Madrid society, giving them equal rights, duties and opportunities. The plan seeks to promote the adaptation of the existing municipal services to the daily realities of Madrid’s citizens, in particular in the areas of housing, employment and victim protection.
By addressing specific issues that have been identified as vital to improving the experiences of newcomers in Madrid, the Action Plan sets an example of how a city can build on its previous efforts to address discrimination. In fact, Madrid used the knowledge it gained from its first Action Plan to inform the second Plan of Action in 2009, the Action Plan for Social and Intercultural Coexistence II.
Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin and its population is roughly 3.3 million. Due to its economic output, high standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial centre of Southern Europe. The demographic boom accelerated in the late 1990s and early first decade of the 21st century due to international immigration, in response to a surge in Spanish economic growth.
Madrid has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since May 2005.