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Cities of light

Cities of light

A growing number of cities around the world are embracing refugees. This series looks at how they are helping the displaced to help themselves.
Austria. St. Charles's Church (Karlskirche)

A majority of the world’s 25.9 million refugees live out of camps and in cities and urban areas across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Finding themselves on the frontlines of the global refugee response, an increasing number of cities are choosing to empower refugees and embrace the opportunities they bring.

Reported in cities around the world, these stories look at the steps they are taking to help refugees, and the impact they have of the lives of the forcibly displaced.

Jordan. In April 2018 Syrian refugee Ehab Kahwati establishes his startup company, Drag IoT, in Amman, City of Light.

With a long history of hosting refugees, Jordan's capital provided the opportunity Ehab needed to meet his local collaborator Amani and launch their tech start-up.

Indonesia. Fashion guru empowers refugees without legal rights to work or study

An Indonesian fashion entrepreneur's project to provide training and empower refugees aims to create new opportunities.

Rwanda. Burundian entrepreneur refugee cooking with gas

Support scheme in Rwandan capital and elsewhere sees refugee businesses including Burundian-owned LPG store create 2,600 new jobs countrywide.

Brazil. Venezuelans Resettle In Sao Paulo

The largest city in the Americas not only welcomes refugees and migrants, but also helps them find work and regain their autonomy.

Iraq. Syrian refugee doctor treats patients while living in exile

Northern Iraqi city's choice to embrace refugees and keep job markets open has benefited both Syrians and locals alike, local governor says.

Austria. The city of Vienna, with its long, post-war record of welcoming refugees, has risen to the challenge of integrating thousands of newcomers who arrived in 2015

Informed by decades of hosting refugees, Austria's capital has enlisted the help of locals and refugees alike in schemes to integrate new arrivals to the city.

Germany. Mayor Hollstein has worked tirelessly to welcome newcomers into his town of Altena. It's an achievement which has seen him nominated for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.

Andreas Hollstein and his town of Altena are the Europe finalists for UNHCR's annual Nansen Award.

Poland. City of Solidarity leads the way in welcoming refugees

The city of Gdansk has offered a warm welcome to migrants and refugees.