On 16 June 2022, Strong Cities held the third of a four-part webinar series on one of the most pressing urban issues of our time: city-level responses to refugee flows. The series explores different city-level responses across the refugee response cycle, bringing together officials and non-government actors from across the world to share their experiences. Speakers were invited to share promising practices for sustainable and human rights-based solutions, including how to coordinate and leverage the often-disparate efforts within cities to address refugee response and support social cohesion in a way that does not create or exacerbate existing local tensions that can give rise to or fuel hate, extremism and polarisation.
Session Three, ‘Normalization’, considers challenges around longer-term support, services and social cohesion. After the transition through immediate crisis response to extended stay or resettlement, how can cities support refugees in the long term and maintain social cohesion? This session looks at the long-term integration process and provide examples of how cities and local communities have successfully managed to create an inclusive environment and culture that has welcomed refugees as new residents and citizens.
- Nadia Kasvin | Co-Founder and Director, US Together, Inc
- Oscar Santiago Uribe Rocha | Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Medellín, Colombia
- Abdullahi Mohamed Alason | City Council Representative, Leader of Working and Inclusion Committee, Kristiansand, Norway
- Jasmine El Gamal, Senior Manager AMEA, Institute for Strategic Dialogue