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Featured StoryGerman Cities on the Front Lines of Refugee Response

Bruce Katz, Brookings Institution, reports that the lessons learned on the front lines of Germany’s response...More.

Featured StoryHow Tech Could Help Refugees More

A new report from Transatlantic Council on Migration explores new tools and innovations from tech...More.

Featured StoryA Humanitarian Investment That Yields Economic Dividends

OPEN’s Philippe Legrain talks to Ratna Omidvar, GDX, about his latest report on the economic dividends...More.

Learning Exchange

Featured Webinar Qualified to Work: Tapping the Skills and Experience of Internationally-Trained Immigrants

Learn about initiatives in Montreal (Canada) and Augsburg (Germany) that recognize the value of immigrant talent and maximize the opportunities for internationally trained professionals to work to their full capabilities, skills, and qualifications. En route, they are driving innovation in the workplace and opening up space for new thinking and intercultural learning across the urban landscape. More.

Webinar Video Online/Offline: How Technology Can Empower Local Refugee Communities

A conversation with Alan Vernon, Project Lead, Connectivity for Refugees, UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency and Joséphine Goube, Chief Executive Officer of Techfugees, to unpack UNHCR’s latest report, Connecting Refugees: How Internet and Mobile Connectivity Can Improve Refugee Well-Being and Transform Humanitarian Action, on the critical role that information and communications technology plays in improving the lives of refugees from city to city. 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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