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Event Willkommen in Berlin: Register now for the Cities of Migration Conference in June

Join us for brilliant speakers and challenging ideas, a high-octane debate, Urban Labs, Marketplace of Good Ideas, Berlin neighbourhood tours, an opening night cocktail reception at the Embassy of Canada, and much more. Register early. Read more.

Opinion Immigrant = The New Mainstream

Ideas that travel Fair Game: Sporting Ideas for Integration

Newsletter March 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 Webinar Big Ideas Webinar: New York City’s Blueprints for Immigrant Integration Success

Join Fatima Shama, former Commissioner, New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, for a conversation about why cities around the world are taking the lead on immigrant integration and how New York’s “Blueprints” for immigrant integration success can help. Joining the conversation will be Astrid Ziebarth, Director of the Immigration and Integration Program at the German Marshall Fund in 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

Municipal Leadership

Mayors on Migration

  • “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

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    “Migrant enterprises are an important factor for the Munich economy and serve as models of acceptance, diversity and integration.”

    Christian Ude Lord Mayor, Munich, Germany

  • “I am committed to ensuring that everyone in Boston benefits from vibrant, inclusive communities and we are working every day to help new Bostonians to become more acquainted with our city.”

    Mayor Thomas M. Menino Boston, US

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    “…we know immigrants are behind more than three of every four patents from leading universities, the federal laws that send so many of them back to their home countries look even more patently wrong.”

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg New York, US

Mayors on Migration


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