2014 Cities of Migration Conference – Videos

June 05, 2014

Mayors Panel: Re-Imagining the City: Setting an Agenda for Shared Prosperity

Does city leadership matter? As the level of government closest to the people, local governments are most directly and immediately impacted by the lives, successes and challenges of immigrants. Cities have a range of levers to deploy to create a foundation for future prosperity for all residents. Mayoral voice can be a particularly powerful tool to accelerate the path to inclusion. So, what are progressive city leaders doing to close the gap between the city we have and the city we want?

Moderator: Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent, Deutsche Welle (Berlin)

  • Raquel Castañeda-López, Council Member, City of Detroit (Detroit)
  • Jussi Pajunen, Mayor, City of Helsinki (Helsinki)
  • Olaf Scholz, First Mayor, City of Hamburg (Hamburg)
  • Naheed Nenshi, Mayor, City of Calgary (Calgary) via video question
  • Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch (Christchurch) via video question


The Big Debate: Beautiful Game? Or Racist Quagmire?

Be it resolved professional football is powerless to end racism

Where you find professional football pitches across Europe and the world, there’s a good chance you’ll find racism too. But a short drive from the stadium in any football city, you’ll find streets transformed into community fields, multicultural teams, and kids learning the right way to channel competitive fervor through proactive coaches, schools, and community-led anti-racism campaigns.

Is professional football lagging behind the public? Do stadium politics perpetuate negative social dynamics? Or, is professional football actually leading the shift?

Moderator: Sara Llewellin, Chief Executive, Barrow Cadbury Trust (London)


  • David Goldblatt, author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, and  Visiting Professor of Politics at Pitzer College (London)
  • Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future (London)


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