More than 65 million people around the world are currently displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution — that’s roughly the population of the United Kingdom. Millions more are crossing borders in search of economic opportunities they can’t find at home.

While the issue of human migration continues to roil the politics of many nations, it is as much as anything a city issue. Cities are where most of the newcomers are going. But today, it remains up in the air as to how the national and global systems that deal with issues of migration see the role of local authorities.

Still, cities are where many of the most creative solutions are being found to house migrants and ensure that they can live peacefully and productively in a new country. Scroll down below to see Citiscope’s most recent coverage.

The country is formulating its first-ever cities strategy.
Jeet Mistry September 25, 2017
Urbanization tips from Scandinavia and China, culture’s role in building better cities, responding to climate change and migration — and more!
Gregory Scruggs and Carey L. Biron November 2, 2016

Better coordination among local and national officials and more emphasis on social inclusion are among the recommendations from EUROCITIES.  

October 27, 2016
A call for mayors to see a strong role in integrating newcomers.
Patralekha Chatterjee October 20, 2016
La estrategia recientemente acordada para Hábitat III reconoce “las necesidades de las autoridades locales” como “las primeras en recibir a los migrantes”. Pero en la primera reunión celebrada, los gobiernos nacionales pasaron por alto esta respuesta.
Gregory Scruggs September 22, 2016
Newly agreed Habitat III strategy acknowledges ‘the needs of local authorities’ as ‘the first receivers of migrants’. But at this week’s first-ever event, pledges by national governments ignored this gap.
Gregory Scruggs September 22, 2016
Drawing on a uniquely deep history in the Habitat process, the country’s new Liberal government sees a ‘pure alignment’ between its domestic agenda and the social priorities of the New Urban Agenda.
Gregory Scruggs September 2, 2016
Finalmente, la Nueva Agenda Urbana reconoce los desafíos de la guerra urbana. Sin embargo, Hábitat III también debe definir cómo se garantizará el acceso seguro a los servicios de salud y educación en aquellas áreas afectadas por la violencia crónica.
Hugo Slim August 29, 2016
The New Urban Agenda finally recognizes the challenges of urban warfare. But Habitat III also must chart how to ensure safe access to health and education services in areas affected by chronic urban violence.
Hugo Slim August 29, 2016
The World Cities Report 2016 offers a definitive feast of urban trend analysis — just in time for negotiations on the New Urban Agenda.
Gabriela Rico June 2, 2016
A more forceful stance on the issue through the Habitat III process could do much to bolster promising new models around integrating migrants and refugees into cities.
Gregory Scruggs May 27, 2016
The deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa and the prolonged earthquake-recovery efforts in Haiti were a wake-up call for the international community: They must find a more effective way to tackle humanitarian crises in urban settings.
May 25, 2016
Series of high-level meetings comes as the European Union is formulating its common position for negotiations around the New Urban Agenda.
Neal Peirce May 11, 2016
What commonalities are shared by the U.S., Europe and Central Asia? Mega-regions, connectivity, supra-nationality — and a need for migration.
Gregory Scruggs March 23, 2016
A Habitat III forum in Mannheim, Germany, called for a strengthened role for local authorities in deciding on policy and response around these issues.
Gabriele Booth February 23, 2016
The issue is suddenly dominating global discussions. Will it also play a key role in Habitat III?
Gregory Scruggs February 12, 2016
Migration has been overlooked in the global debate on urbanization and development. Now, the New Urban Agenda needs to help local authorities lead on related policy and planning.
Paula Benea and Ioana Popp and Amy Rhoades January 11, 2016

A church, mosque and synagogue would be located in the same structure, with worshippers entering through one door, Jewniverse reports. 

December 29, 2015

A leading humanitarian advocate tells DeZeen that refugees living in “temporary” camps remain on average for nearly two decades. 

November 25, 2015
Ahmed Aboutaleb stresses the opportunities for immigrants in his city while denouncing religious extremism.
Letty Reimerink November 20, 2015
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