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Featured StoryGlobal Mayors Show the World What Works

Maria Teresa Rojas, OSF: “At a time when the shadows of xenophobia have darkened, mayors tell a positive story about how our newest citizens enrich cities—economically, culturally, and socially.”More.

Featured Story#RethinkingRefugee Housing

In Bristol, Fuad Mahamed, helps refugee tenants become economically autonomous, improving their ability to pay rent and enabling their positive contribution to the local economy and community.More.

Featured StoryMigration and Cities: We Need To Do Better

“For cities that are inclusive, a different result is possible.” A new WEF report by Alice Charles and Dilip Guna champions cities, their role in immigrant integration and the “virtuous cycle” that makes integration work for everyone.More.

Learning Exchange

Featured Webinar Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Rethinking Refugees and Housing

Learn about housing initiatives in Bristol, UK and Berlin, Germany, that are opening doors to refugee housing and local economic development by creating positive social interactions between refugee and host communities at home, at work and in local neighbourhoods.More.

Webinar Video We Speak Translate: What does a Google App have to do with Immigrant Settlement?

Kate Longpre, Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (Canada) in conversation with Aleem Ali, Welcoming Cities (Australia) to discuss how immigrant service organizations can use smart technology and corporate partnerships to achieve deeper impact; how the We Speak Translate project, supported by Google, is training hundreds of “power users” to build awareness about resettlement, integration and inclusion; and how community organizations and local businesses in your city can get involved.More.

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Municipal Leadership

Mayors on Migration

  • “Les ciutats han canviat, estem obertes, i hem de fer que la gent que se sent cridada a les ciutats en formi part.”
    — Xavier Trias, l’alcalde de Barcelona

  • “Immigrants are a positive force in Finnish society.”

    Jussi Pajunen Mayor of Helsinki

  • “Immigrants tend to open more small businesses, which leads to more jobs.”

    Raquel Castañeda-López Council member from Detroit

  • “Naturalization is much more than an administrative act. It is the declared belief in our state and our society.”

    Olaf Scholz First Mayor, Hamburg

  • “Promoting and embracing diversity is essential in today’s context, as it is a reality faced by more and more cities the world over.”

    Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman Mayor, Southeast District, Singapore

  • “I want our city to be the first destination for immigrants because they are going to create the jobs, create the new companies, the businesses of the future. We have to be the most welcoming cities we can be.”

    Rahm Emanuel Mayor, Chicago, US

  • “Bilbao is an open city. At the City Council we encourage values of coexistence, dialogue and management of cultural diversity. In Bilbao, all persons, whether from Bilbao or outside, have the same opportunities and access to services offered by the city.”

    Iñaki Azkuna Mayor, Bilbao, Spain

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