For the first time in history, there are over 100 million forcibly displaced people around the world. Seventy percent – an estimated 70 million people – are seeking refuge in cities, where they are more likely to find work, access education and healthcare, and regain control over their lives.
While displaced people are seeking refuge in cities, mayors and city governments are taking action to create inclusive, safe, and equitable urban societies for all residents. Often, they do so hand in hand with refugee leaders and refugee-led organizations (RLOs), ensuring that their efforts to build inclusive communities are done in cooperation with refugees themselves. This approach helps cities better match their actions with the needs and preferences of the communities they aim to serve.
The Mayors Migration Council and the Bristol City Council, in partnership with key collaborators and with the support of PHAP, hosted City + Refugee Collaboration: Local Partnerships, Global Impact. The event highlighted city government-refugee partnerships as an impactful response to urban displacement and a promising example of development collaboration worthy of international resources and support.