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.

A growing number of cities around the world are embracing refugees. This series looks at how cities are helping the displaced to help themselves. Learn more about how they are standing #WithRefugees.

Adana, Mediterranean Region, Turkey
Aix-les-Bains, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Alba, Provincia di Cuneo, Italy
Albury City, New South Wales, Australia
Altena, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Arica, Arica y Parinacota Region, Chile
Athens, Attica, Greece
Baku, Azerbaijan
Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Berbera, Sahil, Somaliland/Somalia
Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy
Berlin, Germany
Bern, Switzerland
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Bosaso District, Bari, Somalia
Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, UK
Braga, Norte Region, Portugal
Brighton, South East England, UK
Bristol, South West England, UK
Brussels, Belgium
Buenos Aires City, Argentina
Bursa, Marmara, Turkey
Byron, New South Wales, Australia
Cachoeirinha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
Canelones, Uruguay
Cardinia, Victoria, Australia
Casino, New South Wales, Australia
Chicago, IL, USA
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Clarkston, GA, USA
Curridabat, San José, Costa Rica
Dallas, TX, USA
Darebin, Victoria, Australia
Desamparados, San José, Costa Rica
Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Douala, Littoral Region, Cameroon
Dublin, Leinster, Ireland
Duhok Governorate, Iraq 
Erbil, Iraq
Escazú, San José, Costa Rica
Esteio, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Evanston, IL, USA
Fribourg, Switzerland
Galway, Connacht, Ireland
Gaziantep, Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey

Government of the province of Salta, Argentina
Grande-Synthe, Hauts-de-France, France
Greater Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Hargeisa, Somaliland
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Houston, TX, USA
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
Jackson, WY, USA
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kalumbila town Council, Zambia
Kampala, Central Region, Uganda
Kilis, Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey
Kigali, Rwanda
Konya, Central Anatolia, Turkey
Kortrijk, Flemish Region, Belgium
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Lane Cove, New South Wales, Australia
Lausanne, canton of Vaud, Switzerland
Leicester, East Midlands, UK
Liège, Wallonia, Belgium
Livadia, Boeotia, Greece
Ljubljana, Slovenia
London, UK
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Madison, WI, USA
Madrid, Spain
Manchester, North West England, UK
Marrakech, Morocco
Matosinhos, Norte Region, Portugal
Medenine, Tunisia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Metropolis, IL, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Milan, Lombardie, Italy
Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia
Mogadishu, Benaadir, Somalia
Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montgomery County, MD, USA
Naintré, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
Namur, Wallonia, Belgium
Naples, Campania, Italy
New York, NY, USA
Niamey, Niger
Nicosia, Cyprus
Niederanven, Luxemburg

Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Paris, Île-de-France, France
Paterson, NJ, USA
Pessat-Villeneuve, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Providence, RI, USA
Puerto Asís, Putumayo, Colombia
Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Quilicura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Quito, Pichincha Province, Ecuador
Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Rochester, NY, USA
Ryde, New South Wales, Australia
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Saltillo, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico
San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines
San Luis Province, Argentina
Şanlıurfa, Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey
Santa Maria, Bulacan, Philippines
São Paulo, Brazil
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sauverny, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Schuttrange, Luxemburg
Sergy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Sfax, Tunisia
Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber, UK
South Orange, NJ, USA
St. Louis, MO, USA
St. Paul, MN, USA
Strasbourg, Alsace, France
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Symi, South Aegean, Greece
Tartus, Syria
Tbilisi, Georgia
Torino, Piedmont, Italy
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Union City, CA, USA
Valencia, Spain
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Vienna, Austria
Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines
Villa Alemana, Valparaíso Region, Chile
Warsaw, Mazovia Province, Poland
Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia
Wiltz, Luxembourg
Winooski, VT, USA
Yerevan, Armenia
Zamboanga City, Philippines

We, mayors and local authorities from around the world, stand #WithRefugees. The role of towns, cities, counties and provinces 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 settles 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 created and adopted 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.

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