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Conversations

Featured StoryCities are “laboratories” of communal life

Johannes von Dohnanyi, Bertelsmann Stiftung: Whether in moral or political, economic, artistic or culinary terms: Diversity...More.

Featured StoryWords Matter

“English Only” rhetoric may have political value, says Westy Egmont, Boston College, but it is contrary...More.

Featured StoryWhy More is Better: Doug Saunders on ‘Maximum Canada’

Saunders argues that low density in Canadian cities reduces quality of life, especially for poorer and...More.

Learning Exchange

Featured Webinar Inclusion of Migrants with Irregular Status: a Role for Cities

Join Sarah Spencer, Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity (Oxford), and Jan Braat, Senior Policy Advisor, Migration and Integration, City of Utrecht to learn about C-MISE findings, recommendations, and to explore the specific example of the City of Utrecht's public commitment to be a ‘Human Rights City' and the inclusive policies and practices it has developed to ensure undocumented residents have access to ‘Bed, Bath and Bread.’ More.

Webinar Video Empowering Youth: Identity, Belonging and Migration

Learn how youth initiatives in Berlin and London are using theatre and sport to develop a counter-narrative that strengthens youth participation in local cultural and social life while promoting skills development, empowerment and living together in cultural diversity.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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