Approach, topics and contents
Migration and integration work is interdisciplinary, and is recognised by the Department with all of the requirements that come with it inside and outside of the City Administration as well as in politics.
These include information services, advice, and the development of action strategies and concepts.
To realise this we are a point of contact and provide guidance – not just for Esslingen’s residents with a migration background. We strategically and operatively work together with the most diverse institutions and organisations. The appropriate networking of all agents in migration and integration work is part of our main tasks.
The focus is to promote social unity, fair opportunities, participation and equality of Esslingen’s residents – irrespective of their heritage:
- all people involved in the DMI are motivated to get a good overview of the topics surrounding the live of Esslingen’s residents with a migration background in order to achieve this.
- They require and promote activities of institutions, groups and individual people who make use of their contact with people from different origins.
- They gather information and ideas and forward them to those who are interested. They help reduce prejudices and support the respective parties in becoming more familiar with one another in order to develop a better and more respectful understanding of one another.
Arising from the starting point of (voluntary) integration and reciprocity between the “immigrated society” and the “majority society”, the following but non-conclusive areas of operation are included:
- Promotion of equality and (socially) fair opportunities,
- Promotion of societal participation and political participation,
- Mutual respect for religious and cultural differences as part of human rights and the constitution,
- Promotion of intercultural, interreligious and intergenerational exchange,
- Promotion of living together without discrimination and racism, as well as an atmosphere of constructive debate, moreover of solving conflicts through peaceful and constitutional means.
Furthermore, the DMI represents the interests of Esslingen’s residents with a migration background and of course the whole city on a local, regional and national level, for example in the Association of Cities Baden-Württemberg – municipally charged integration officers, in the National Advisory Council for Migration or at the Federal Conference of Integration Officers.