Cities of Welcome, Cities of Transit

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


This conference looked at the ways in which the arrival and transit of refugees is currently shaping urban environments across Europe, and generating various forms of solidarity and welcoming attitudes, as well as tension and violence. It brought together civil society organisations, activists, academics, local policy makers and legal experts for the purpose of knowledge exchange and analysis of a number of legal and policy parameters, before an interested global public. 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 of Welcome, Cities of Transit aimed to produce recommendations for the safe and orderly governance of migration in ways that foreground human dignity. The conference was organised by the United Nations University's Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM), openDemocracy and the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London. My presentation was in the panel 'Cities of Transit' where I discussed my ethnographic research on solidarity networks for/with refugees in Athens.
Period14 Jul 201615 Jul 2016
Event typeConference
LocationBarcelona, SpainShow on map


  • refugee crisis
  • Europe
  • global justice
  • human rights