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Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit

14 July 2016 - 15 July 2016

Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona, Spain

Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit Conference is organised by UNU-GCM, in collaboration with openDemocracy and the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

As migration has become a major issue of debate within Europe, with divergent policies across states and major efforts by local governments to accommodate those who arrive, cities come to the fore as major actors in the reception, relocation and integration of refugees and migrants. Across Europe, political arguments and differences have arisen over migration. In such a context, transformative and cooperative models of welcome for new arrivals and people in transit become ever more important. Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit is a conference that seeks to bring together academics, practitioners, policy makers and activists in order to exchange insights, extend networks and produce recommendations for the safe and orderly governance of migration in ways that foreground human dignity.


July 14, Day 1

9:00-9:45 ‒ Registration

9:45-10:30 ‒ Formal Opening

10:30-11:30 ‒ Framing Addresses

11:30-13:00 ‒ Session 1: Cities of Welcome

13:00-13:15 ‒ Group photo

13:30-15:00 ‒ Lunch

15:00-17:30 ‒ Session 2: Cities of Welcome and Rejection

17:30-18:00 ‒ Break

18:00-20:00 ‒ Film Screening: Welcome to Italy

July 15, Day 2

10:00-13:00 ‒ Session 3: The EU, Turkey, and human rights

13:00-13:30 ‒ Project Presentation: Barcelona, City of Welcome

13:30-15:00 ‒ Lunch

15:00-16:45 ‒ Session 4: Cities of Transit

16:45- 17:00 ‒ Closing Remarks

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For your information

All participants should be aware that:

  • Filming and photography will take place during the event. The photographs and videos produced may be used in the public dissemination of the work of UNU-GCM, openDemocracy and Queen Mary University of London.
  • This is an academic conference. As such, the opinions expressed and discussions arising represent personal opinions and not those of UNU-GCM. UNU-GCM asks that all contributions be responsible and substantiated by research.
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