Cities #WithRefugees

UNHCR’s #WithRefugees campaign invites cities and local authorities all over the world who are working to promote inclusion, support refugees and bring communities together to sign a statement of solidarity #WithRefugees.
Please join us today.

Albury City, Australia
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Athens, Greece
Ayuntamiento de València, Spain
Bankstown, Australia
Barcelona, Spain
Berlin, Germany
Bradford, UK
Braga, Portugal
Brighton, UK
Brussels, Belgium
Byron, Australia
Cardinia, Australia
Chicago, IL, USA
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Dallas, TX, USA
Darebin, Australia
Galway, Ireland
Greater Dandenong, Australia
Hobart, Australia
Jackson, WY, USA
Lane Cove, Australia
Leicester, UK
Livadia, Greece
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Madison, WI, USA
Manchester, UK
Melbourne, Australia

Metroplis, IL, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Milan, Italy
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montgomery County, MD, USA
Namur, Belgium
New York, NY, USA
Nicosia, Cyprus
Paterson, NJ, USA
Providence, RI, USA
Queanbeyan, Australia
Randwick, Australia
Rochester, NY, USA
Ryde, Australia
Saltillo, Mexico
São Paulo, Brazil
Saskatoon, Canada
Sheffield, UK
South Orange, NJ, USA
St. Louis, MO, USA
St. Paul, MN, USA
Sydney, Australia
Torino, Italy
Toronto, Canada
Union City, CA, USA
Victoria, Canada
Vienna, Austria
Warsaw, Poland
Whittlesea, Australia

We, mayors and local authorities from around the world, stand #WithRefugees. The role of towns, cities and counties in creating inclusive communities and promoting hope has never been as important.
Today, over 25 million people worldwide are living outside their countries to escape violence and persecution. Refugees leave nearly everything behind to seek safety: their homes, their jobs, and sometimes even their families. Despite the unimaginable sacrifices refugees make to find safety, many keep their hopes and dreams for the future. Refugees’ will to survive and their drive to help their families and communities prosper are not easily extinguished by adversity.

When refugees arrive to a new country, nearly two out of three settle in an urban area. As cities, we are undeniably at the forefront of refugee crises, and our communities benefit from their tenacity and courage. Welcoming refugees creates opportunities for economic, civic and social growth. The diversity of experiences and ideas refugees bring spurs creativity and innovation. For example, both Albert Einstein and Sergey Brin were refugees. Their contributions did not just change our communities; they changed the course of human history.

As cities, we are constantly working to improve our infrastructure, services, and administrative systems in order to meet governance challenges, such as incorporating large inflows of new residents. This work is critical to our shared future. As leaders, we have a responsibility to receive and include new residents with care in order for our cities to become stronger and more resilient to change. Ultimately, those among us who rise to this call for leadership will reap the benefits of societies that are the most productive, the most modern, and the most filled with promise.

As local authorities, we shoulder the enormous responsibility of providing access to housing, health care, education, skills training, and employment opportunities for newcomers and long-term residents alike. Solutions to refugee crises start at the local level and require that everyone plays a part: every city, every neighbourhood, and every individual can contribute. As leaders, we must create spaces where everyone can live in safety, become self-reliant, and contribute to and participate in their local community.

The vital work that cities do can be a model for others, forging a path forward as national governments create and adopt a Global Compact on Refugees to strengthen international crisis response. Our work as mayors and city authorities is primarily local, but when we are united in purpose with each other and our refugee residents, the impact of our solidarity will be global.

Join us and stand #WithRefugees. Together we can make a world of difference.

  • (ex: Mayor)
  • (ex: @nycgov)
  • (ex: @AmsterdamNL) Please specify the social media account.