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Conversations

Featured StoryTaking the Pulse of Diversity

Denise O-Neil Green, Ryerson’s first VP Equity & Community Inclusion, discusses her journey from Chicago to Toronto.More.

Featured StoryToronto The Good

Martin Rett Cohn on how Toronto’s diversity offers a degree of immunity during times of terror.More.

Featured StoryTwo cheers for the Global Compact

The Global Compact on Migration is surprisingly ambitious – but will it be implemented?More.

Learning Exchange

Featured Webinar Planning for Urban Resilience and Inclusive Cities: Lessons from Toronto

Dr. Zhixi Zhuang, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University (Toronto) in conversation with Dr. Stacy Harwood, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) to discuss planning for urban resilience in a multicultural context, and how municipal planning policies can create safe, accessible, and inclusive public spaces while promoting intercultural social interactions and understanding.More.

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

Sarah Spencer, Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity (Oxford), and Jan Braat, Senior Policy Advisor, Migration and Integration, City of Utrecht explore C-MISE findings, recommendations, and 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.

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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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