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Activists on day one at the Barcelona conference

Today, Wednesday, we focus in on the challenge. State policies across Europe do not always facilitate integration in this way. Despite this, citizens, activists and local governments are coming together to create a ‘culture of welcome’ for refugees. Can new strategies be developed to ensure a better welcome and enable more citizens to get involved? We look at the evidence. Read on...

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Activists on day one at the Barcelona conference

Today, Wednesday, we focus in on the challenge. State policies across Europe do not always facilitate integration in this way. Despite this, citizens, activists and local governments are coming together to create a ‘culture of welcome’ for refugees. Can new strategies be developed to ensure a better welcome and enable more citizens to get involved? We look at the evidence. Read on...

More videos from Cities of welcome, cities of transit


This week's editors

RB, editor

Rosemary Bechler edits openDemocracy's main site.

Parvati Nair directs the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility.

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Cameron Thibos edits Mediterranean Journeys in Hope.

En Liang Khong is assistant editor at openDemocracy.

Alex Sakalis is the editor of Can Europe Make It?

Introduction to the Mayoral Forum on Human Mobility, Migration and Development

This Forum gives a platform to mutual knowledge sharing and support, to empower and enhance the capacities of cities worldwide in managing migration for local development. Who is participating? Why now?

How the UN could develop an Emergency Peace Service – and why it should

Sustainable common security will remain elusive until we identify better universal options to help. A UN Emergency Peace Service would improve operational prevention, protection and possibly more.

Post-conflict in Colombia (19) Uncertainty and fears after the war

After the signing of the peace agreements, doubts remain about their true reach in the context of the country's complex social and security situation. Español

Uzbekistan: who needs elections anyway?

Uzbekistan’s parliament approved the appointment of prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev as interim president of the country. But it is legal? And does the legality matter?

The long year of migration and the Balkan corridor

How European narratives are being challenged by migration movements.

Listening to Refugee Tales on the Pilgrim’s Way

The act of listening and the power of voice constitute the ‘act in the dark’ which can unite us and re-shape the punitive and hostile immigration landscape in Britain.

Blame South Sudanese leadership, not George Clooney

The crisis in South Sudan is a result of its current leadership – the country wasn’t doomed to fail – and its people welcome celebrities like George Clooney who point this out.

Letter to George Clooney

Celebrity activism risks reducing complex political issues to simple morality tales, leading to emotional politics and irresponsible interventions.

What’s the point of prison?

Well over half of all prisoners in the UK have personality disorders and other mental health problems. What are we doing?

After the Umbrella movement, Hong Kong now faces an identity crisis

One of the original founders of Hong Kong’s 2014 democracy protests thinks that increasing dis-identification with Chineseness, on both the level of culture and politics, is pushing the city-state towards uncharted territory.

Two years after the Occupy protests, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council sees a generational shift in politics

Recent elections have injected new demands for self-determination and ideas of localism into the heart of Hong Kong’s law-making body.

Trump’s dog whistle politics 2.0

Trump appropriates the rhetoric of black radicalism, while at the same time, courting white supremacists. How is that possible?

How should we understand Trump’s ‘uncivil’ behaviour?

American history is full of eruptions of ‘incivility’. The difference between them lies in what opponents of civility believe they have to gain from their rudeness. And Trump’s rudeness certainly has an objective.

European refugees and Twitter

The political parties, professions and media that were registered as the most active in the Twitter storm #DiaMundialdelosRefugiados were those from the centre left.

"A large dysfunctional family": reflections on the Labour party conference

The conference saw an emboldened Left and a dejected Blairite camp, both struggling to come to terms with the new political terrain.

Public Statement in Support of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

In the face of rising racism, scholars, activists and civil society organisations express their support for the UN Working Group on People of African Descent, and call on the UN to heed the call for reparatory justice. Francais. Español.

Forced limbo: how Azerbaijan prevents journalists from leaving the country

Many authoritarian regimes would banish troublemakers. But in Azerbaijan, dissidents and critical journalists are prevented from leaving the country. 

Climate change, racism, and black lives

Of course climate change is about race.

Nobel Women’s Initiative at 10: When We Are Bold

“It is time to stand up, sisters, and do some of the most unthinkable things. We have the power to turn our upsidedown world right.” – Leymah Gbowee

Gloria Steinem: Toward a feminist foreign policy

Feminism, when you look at it as Gloria Steinem does, as the recognition of the full humanity and full equality of both men and women, is peace work

Whose work was the inspiration for the first nuke-free country?

New Zealand was the first country in the world to pass national nuclear-free legislation. Marilyn Waring reflects on how Dr. Helen Caldicott’s influence culminated in the passage of the cornerstone of New Zealand’s foreign policy.

Dogs, pigs, and human rights: South Korea’s uproar

A recent political uproar in South Korea has exacerbated the public’s diminishing trust in government officials. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on public opinion and human rights.

The myths of migration

The conversation surrounding migration is full of disinformation. Challenging the resulting misconceptions is crucial to changing the everyday cost-benefit analysis of migration.

When refugees appear, we take them to the art museum

The German city of Karlsruhe uses art to bring new arrivals together with local citizens, creating a dialogue that is the foundation of integration.

Peace is possible… if we remember 4 lessons

By 2014, people were fighting 40 wars, with terrorism reaching an all-time high and battle deaths reaching a 25-year high. As International Peace Day passes, what lessons are there?

Sports, politics, revolution: how a hardcore football fan club impacted Egyptian consciousness

This is the first in a four-part series that delves into the history of the Ultras and their impact on Egyptian society. Part One: Introducing Egypt's Ultras.

How the US presidential election lost its glory

For a veteran observer of the American political scene since the 1960s, Monday’s first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not just anticlimax and disappointment: it is unimaginable.

Why the real test for Colombia’s peace begins after the demobilization process

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Timoleon Jimenez, leader of FARC, have formally signed a historic peace deal, hoping to end 52 years of civil war in Colombia. Español

If you want to measure the health of the economy, forget about "employment"

Work dominates pretty much everything. Whether or not you have it, it’s probably taking up most of your time. Employment is the most-common indicator of economic health and nearly all of the public ...

The damage done by the EU’s revolving doors

José Manuel Barroso is not the only senior European official to go through the 'revolving door' into the corporate and financial world.