General migrant integration policies
Note: “Byrådet” means it is decided in the city council. “Magistraten” is the assembly of the mayor and the aldermen. Except for the Active Citizenship Policy, the links are available in Danish only.

Local policies for the areas of Gellerup, Bipsehaven and Viby Syd
In each of these three areas, the city’s policies combine physical changes with social efforts.


The City of Aarhus and the housing association Brabrand Boligforening have developed a Masterplan for the Aarhusian boroughs of Gellerup and Toveshøj that address problems of unemployment and the risk of ghettoization. Although many residents enjoy living there, and there is a strong social commitment among local associations, the area needs to be more integrated with the surrounding urban fabric of Aarhus. In light of these challenges, the masterplan includes, among other things, mixed-use developments and improved public space and transportation infrastructure.
Gellerup development website
Gellerup development facebook page


Initiatives in Aarhus that support the integration of migrant communities

Smag à la Gellerup (Taste à la Gellerup) is a food cooperative where people share meals, recipes, and organize cooking workshops. As well as providing a neutral meeting place, the project’s website includes video recipes featuring local residents. By sharing stories about food, the project aims to strengthen the cultural and social coherence among Gellerup’s 80+ nationalities. It was initiated as a graduation project by communication designers Line Lone Kristensen and Sabrina Lund with the collaboration of Instant City, an urban development project that’s part of the Gellerup & Toveshøj masterplan established by Brabrand Boligforening and the Municipality of Aarhus.
Smag à la Gellerup website
Smag à la Gellerup facebook page

EUTOPIA, a space in Gellerup for theatre, music, circus, dance, performance and sports, was born in light of Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture 2017. It aims to experiment with culture as the supporting force in a multi-ethnic society, as a way to attach, relate and associate. The initiative was launched in July during a five-day EUTOPIA International Festival with concerts, dance performances and conversations, and continues to organize cultural events such as “the liberation of Danish women with migrant roots” and “Somali Memoirs”.
EUTOPIA website

The Warm Welcome Society is a citizens’ initiative that organizes a number of welcoming meetings throughout the year. The meetings are held within 11 themes, each representing different interests. Participants are greeted by citizen hosts who introduce them to a wide range of communities within the given theme, and appointments can be made to visit a given community with the rest of the group. Newcomers can thus visit a wide range of associations and grassroots movements in Aarhus and meet people with similar interests. The Warm Welcome society was started by the non-profit organization GIVISME with strong support from the city’s higher education institutions and from the municipality.
Warm Welcome Society website
Warm Welcome Society facebook page