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Event Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin

Thank you! Berlin welcomed participants from over 120 cities in 35 countries to the Cities of Migration Conference last month for 3 short days brimful of ideas, debate, conversations, questions and laughter. Issues ranged from the “collective ecstasy” of sport in the fight against racism to ‘fun and functional’ city-building strategies for inclusion. We talked about harbour cities, rust-belt cities, welcoming cities, and suburban cities. Let these photos speak for themselves! See gallery.

Opinion An Agenda for Shared Prosperity

Ideas that travel Mobile Technology for Healthcare

Newsletter June 2014: Update of News and Events

A round-up of activities initiated by Cities of Migration, its partners and related networks. Read more.

Learning Exchange

Upcoming Livestreams Mayors Panel and the Big Debate

On June 5, 2014, join the Mayors Panel on Re-imagining the City and the Big Debate: Beautiful Game? Or Racist Quagmire? live from Berlin.Read More.

New Webinar Video Retaining Global Talent: Making Connections with International Students

Learn about initiatives in Auckland and Halifax that recognize the potential of international students to meet local labour needs and strengthen emerging talent pools. What can smart cities and local institutions do to recruit and retain these promising young people and global citizens?Read More.

2014 Conference2014 Cities of Migration Conference, Berlin (Germany), June 4 - 6, 2014

Pre-Conference EventsDiverseCity onBoard Learning Exchange Public Session (June 3).

Pre-Conference EventsPanel Discussion: Majority White Populations in Europe on the Margins (June 4)

Municipal Leadership

Mayors on Migration

  • Jussi Pajunen

    “Immigrants are a positive force in Finnish society.”

    Jussi Pajunen Mayor of Helsinki

  • Raquel Castaneda

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

    Raquel Castañeda-López Council member from Detroit

  • Olaf Scholz

    “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

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    “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

  • Boise was built by immigrants. Our city has long been a place where people came from around the world to find economic opportunity and build a better life.

    David H. Bieter Mayor, Boise, US

Mayors on Migration


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