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CITIES RALLY FOR INTEGRATION – NEWS

CITIES RALLY FOR INTEGRATION – NEWS

Migrants shouldn’t feel like the beneficiaries of handouts, but should be empowered to participate fully in society. This is according to Marcus König, mayor of Nuremberg,

CITIES RALLY FOR INTEGRATION – NEWS

CITIES RALLY FOR INTEGRATION – NEWS

Migrants shouldn’t feel like the beneficiaries of handouts, but should be empowered to participate fully in society. This is according to Marcus König, mayor of Nuremberg,

CESENA MAKES IT POSSIBLE – VALUES CLUSTER VISIT

CESENA MAKES IT POSSIBLE – VALUES CLUSTER VISIT

“This is a welcoming community with a great sense of hospitality,” said councillor Carmelina Labruzzo, welcoming the cities of Madrid and Riga to Cesena, where they had gathered to make progress on migrant integration.

MADRID’S OTHER ‘FOOTBALL TEAM’

MADRID’S OTHER ‘FOOTBALL TEAM’

With their yellow and violet vests and reflective orange jackets, the Voluntarios de Madrid (Volunteers of Madrid) cut a distinctive figure in the streets.

GOING EXTRA-LARGE IN OSLO

GOING EXTRA-LARGE IN OSLO

There is no ‘one size fits all’ integration solution, but Oslo tends towards ‘extra-large.’

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH?

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH?

They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so when asylum seekers eat lunch for free at Bristol’s Refugee Rights Welcome Centre, who is really footing the bill?

VOLUNTEERING FOR INTEGRATION IN ZURICH

VOLUNTEERING FOR INTEGRATION IN ZURICH

How can migrant volunteers help you roller-skate through Zurich by night, see fireworks over the lake or enjoy some stargazing with your children at the local observatory?

GET TOGETHER FOR GREATNESS IN CESENA

GET TOGETHER FOR GREATNESS IN CESENA

What are the needs of the quintessential migrant, and what is the one best way to cater to them? In Cesena, the municipality has made it clear that there is only one way to answer this question: to dismiss it.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MIGRANTS ‘INVADE’ PUBLIC SPACE IN TURIN?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MIGRANTS ‘INVADE’ PUBLIC SPACE IN TURIN?

The mainstream media likes to ignore the fact, but anyone who has eyes can see that Europe’s public spaces are battling an unrelenting force of infestation and degradation. To put it candidly, weeds are springing up. In Italy, the city of Turin is trying out new models in the field of migration to deal with the issue.

CITIZENS HAVE THEIR SAY ON DRESDEN IMMIGRATION

CITIZENS HAVE THEIR SAY ON DRESDEN IMMIGRATION

When the question of integration arose in Dresden, in 2014, it was consultation with citizens that shaped the policy. A six-week consultation process, which included public forums and discussions, resulted in the concept eventually adopted in May 2015.

MIGRANTS – AND THEIR LABOUR – WELCOME IN LISBON

MIGRANTS – AND THEIR LABOUR – WELCOME IN LISBON

At lunch under the sweltering Lisbon sun, representatives from Birmingham, Brighton and Utrecht stickied their fingers with honied Qatayef, served up by Tayybeh, a catering service run by two Syrian refugees.

RIGA TO BE FORTIFIED BY IMMIGRATION

RIGA TO BE FORTIFIED BY IMMIGRATION

This year, newspapers are littered with ominous headlines such as ‘Latvia, a disappearing nation’ (from Politico) highlighting the massive emigration that has seen the nation lose almost 20% of its population in under two decades.

PHILOXENIA IN ATHENS AND MUNICH

PHILOXENIA IN ATHENS AND MUNICH

The Greeks have a deep-rooted tradition of ‘Philoxenia’, taking pride in showing hospitality to strangers. Indeed, one of the great challenges for Athens in dealing with the current influx of migrants is coordinating the plethora of Greek groups and organisations that have sprung up to welcome the new population.

NICOSIA INSISTS ON INTEGRATION

NICOSIA INSISTS ON INTEGRATION

For every city, migrant integration comes with its challenges, but any city that might consider these hurdles insurmountable should look to the walled Cypriot capital of Nicosia.

SOLIDARITY HAS A NEW FLAVOUR IN GDANSK – CITIES GROW GHENT MENTORING VISIT

SOLIDARITY HAS A NEW FLAVOUR IN GDANSK – CITIES GROW GHENT MENTORING VISIT

For more than half a century, the battered church of St. John, where congregations of pigeons had replaced the pious, stood as a symbol of the ravages Gdansk suffered during the second world war. Now, thanks to Larry ‘Okey’ Ugwu, there is music – from Chopin to brass bands – flooding through its halls again.

CITIES GROW: THE STUDY VISIT OF NICOSIA TO HELSINKI

CITIES GROW: THE STUDY VISIT OF NICOSIA TO HELSINKI

How can a city unlock the potential of its migrants, boosting their economic participation as employees and entrepreneurs? A city’s migrants can increase the size and quality of the labour force, become business leaders and enhance its spending power.

TERRITORIAL AND URBAN ASPECTS OF MIGRATION AND REFUGEE INFLOW

TERRITORIAL AND URBAN ASPECTS OF MIGRATION AND REFUGEE INFLOW

November 2015 - Europe has witnessed an inflow of a large number of people over the last years. As a consequence of the geopolitical instability in the Middle East and Africa, migration and refugee flows towards Europe have increased with significant territorial...

EUROCITIES ADOPTS STATEMENT ON ASYLUM IN CITIES

EUROCITIES ADOPTS STATEMENT ON ASYLUM IN CITIES

On 13 May, we published our political statement on asylum. Our statement was developed by our working group migration and integration with input from all social affairs forum working groups.

CITIES MEET TO DISCUSS ISSUE OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM AT LOCAL LEVEL

CITIES MEET TO DISCUSS ISSUE OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM AT LOCAL LEVEL

Nine politicians from the cities of Barcelona, Belfast, Besiktas, Eindhoven, Leipzig, Lisbon, Nantes and Osmangazi gathered in the Turkish city on 11 March 2015 in a closed political session to discuss the future EUROCITIES political statement on asylum and migration...

CITY OF TAMPERE AWARDED FOR ANTI-RACISM ACTIVISM

CITY OF TAMPERE AWARDED FOR ANTI-RACISM ACTIVISM

The Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations (Secretariat at the Ministry of the Interior of Finland) has just this morning, at the annual so called Cities and Communities Market, given recognition and an award to the City of Tampere for their 0-tolerance and activism against racism and measures that enhance participation and education of migrant youth.

FINAL IMPLEMENTORING CONFERENCE HELD IN BRUSSELS

FINAL IMPLEMENTORING CONFERENCE HELD IN BRUSSELS

The final conference of our ImpleMentoring project on city-to-city support for migrant integration was an opportunity to present the project’s findings and to assess the methodology, used for the first time in a transnational project led by EUROCITIES.

THE CITY OF LEIPZIG SIGNS THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

THE CITY OF LEIPZIG SIGNS THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

In the framework of the EUROCITIES Ghent 2013 annual conference, the city of Leipzig, represented by Mayor Burkhard Jung and Vice-Mayor for Social Affairs Thomas Fabian, became the 32nd signatory of the Integrating Cities Charter.

EUROCITIES AT THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION FORUM

EUROCITIES AT THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION FORUM

Invited as a EU umbrella organisation, EUROCITIES was represented at the 10th meeting of the EUROPEAN INTEGRATION FORUM organised by the European Economic and Social Commitee on 26 & 27 Novembe 2013 in Brussels, and gathering National Contact Points on Integration, Civil Society Organisations, Migrant Communities Organisations and Local Authorities.

LISBON SIGNS THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

LISBON SIGNS THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

The city of Lisbon became the 31st signatory of the EUROCITIES Integrating Cities charter on Monday 25th November, when Mayor Antonio Costa signed the document after a meeting in Brussels of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External affairs (CIVEX), of which he is chairman since September 2012.

MIGRATION IN THE CITY OF TAMPERE

MIGRATION IN THE CITY OF TAMPERE

We took advantage of meeting with the vice mayor, responsible for migration, in Tampere, Olli-Poika Parviainen and host of the recent Integrating Cities conference to ask him about migration in the city.

TORONTO: WHY THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER MATTERS

TORONTO: WHY THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER MATTERS

Is the EUROCITIES Charter on Integrating Cities coming to Toronto? We asked two proponents to explain the need for a charter in a city celebrated for its diversity. Chris Brillinger is the City of Toronto’s Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration, and Jehad Aliweiwi is the Executive Director of the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, a multi service non-profit organization.

EUROCITIES AT SHARE CONFERENCE

EUROCITIES AT SHARE CONFERENCE

The SHARE project will be drawing to a close at the end of November 2013. It has been providing opportunities for structured dialogue, exchange of practice and networking between cities and regional actors, and between experienced and emerging resettlement countries planning or considering resettlement.

INTEGRATING CITIES CONFERENCE: 160 DELEGATES IN TAMPERE

INTEGRATING CITIES CONFERENCE: 160 DELEGATES IN TAMPERE

The VIth Integrating Cites Conference took place in Tampere on 9 & 10 September 2013 and gathered more than 160 delegates from 40 cities as well as representatives of Civil Society Organisations and international bodies such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Committee of Regions and the United Nations.

CITIES ADDRESSING MIGRANT INTEGRATION

CITIES ADDRESSING MIGRANT INTEGRATION

Cities are addressing migrant integration challenges through a series of ImpleMentoring peer visits. Cities are addressing migrant integration challenges over a series of peer visits organised under our ImpleMentoring project.

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH MEETING

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH MEETING

ImpleMentoring project partners meet in Brussels on 26-27 February 2013. On 26 and 27 February, ImpleMentoring “city to city support for migrant integration” project partners gathered in EUROCITIES office in Brussels for an intense two days launch meeting.

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH

Launch of the new EUROCITIES Integrating Cities project, ImpleMentoring on 15 November. ImpleMentoring – City to City support for migrant integration started on 15 november 2012 and will last for 18 months until May 2014.

REWARDING ENGAGEMENT – VALUES CLUSTER VISIT IN NUREMBERG

REWARDING ENGAGEMENT – VALUES CLUSTER VISIT IN NUREMBERG

“We saw what it was here in Nuremberg when we forgot our values,” said Diana Liberova, a Nuremberg city councillor, of the need to embrace the value of integration. One in four Nuremberg residents are non-Germans, and almost half of all residents have a migrant...

CESENA MAKES IT POSSIBLE – VALUES CLUSTER VISIT

CESENA MAKES IT POSSIBLE – VALUES CLUSTER VISIT

“This is a welcoming community with a great sense of hospitality,” said councillor Carmelina Labruzzo, welcoming the cities of Madrid and Riga to Cesena, where they had gathered to make progress on migrant integration. Cesena has several non-profit organisations...

BRIDGES AND RAINBOW – VALUES IN AMSTERDAM

BRIDGES AND RAINBOW – VALUES IN AMSTERDAM

Half of all Amsterdam residents are first - or second-generation migrants. In order to ensure that integration can occur, and the efficacy of integration methods can be measured, the city keeps careful track of the makeup of its population. It is also careful to...

NO ONE HAS NO SKILLS – SHEFFIELD WELCOMES VALUES

NO ONE HAS NO SKILLS – SHEFFIELD WELCOMES VALUES

“He came, he was so isolated. He had anxiety; he was so stressed. He was an asylum seeker. He was lost, he didn’t think he could do anything.” Moses Lutakome describes his meeting with a migrant who became involved with Sheffield’s New Beginnings project. This project...

MADRID’S OTHER ‘FOOTBALL TEAM’

MADRID’S OTHER ‘FOOTBALL TEAM’

*Some names and identifying details in this article have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals With their yellow and violet vests and reflective orange jackets, the Voluntarios de Madrid (Volunteers of Madrid) cut a distinctive figure in the streets. “We...

GOING EXTRA-LARGE IN OSLO

GOING EXTRA-LARGE IN OSLO

There is no ‘one size fits all’ integration solution, but Oslo tends towards ‘extra-large.’ ‘Everyone who lives in Oslo has equal access to municipal services. They will experience equal treatment every time they go to the municipal office, school, a youth club or a...

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH?

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH?

They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so when asylum seekers eat lunch for free at Bristol’s Refugee Rights Welcome Centre, who is really footing the bill? The answer is a complex one, as representatives from Nuremberg, Toulouse and Turin discovered on...

VOLUNTEERING FOR INTEGRATION IN ZURICH

VOLUNTEERING FOR INTEGRATION IN ZURICH

How can migrant volunteers help you roller-skate through Zurich by night, see fireworks over the lake or enjoy some stargazing with your children at the local observatory? Well, they won’t take you by the hand, but they could furnish you with MAPS , a guide to cheap...

GET TOGETHER FOR GREATNESS IN CESENA

GET TOGETHER FOR GREATNESS IN CESENA

What are the needs of the quintessential migrant, and what is the one best way to cater to them? In Cesena, the municipality has made it clear that there is only one way to answer this question: to dismiss it. Different associations in Cesena see migrants variously as...

CALL FOR HOSTING INTEGRATING CITIES CONFERENCE IX OUT NOW

CALL FOR HOSTING INTEGRATING CITIES CONFERENCE IX OUT NOW

EUROCITIES is looking for candidate cities to host the 9th edition of the Integrating Cities Conference, expected to take place in the autumn 2020. The conference will foster multi-level dialogue between EU and local government and civil society representatives,...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MIGRANTS ‘INVADE’ PUBLIC SPACE IN TURIN?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MIGRANTS ‘INVADE’ PUBLIC SPACE IN TURIN?

The mainstream media likes to ignore the fact, but anyone who has eyes can see that Europe’s public spaces are battling an unrelenting force of infestation and degradation. To put it candidly, weeds are springing up. In Italy, the city of Turin is trying out new...

CITIZENS HAVE THEIR SAY ON DRESDEN IMMIGRATION

CITIZENS HAVE THEIR SAY ON DRESDEN IMMIGRATION

When the question of integration arose in Dresden, in 2014, it was consultation with citizens that shaped the policy. A six-week consultation process, which included public forums and discussions, resulted in the concept eventually adopted in May 2015. This policy,...

SOLIDARITY CITIES STAND #WITHREFUGEES ON REFUGEE DAY 2018

SOLIDARITY CITIES STAND #WITHREFUGEES ON REFUGEE DAY 2018

To mark World Refugee Day (June 20), mayors from more than 50 cities around the world are calling on all local authorities and municipalities to join them in welcoming and including refugees in their communities. The announcement follows the release yesterday (June...

MIGRANTS – AND THEIR LABOUR – WELCOME IN LISBON

MIGRANTS – AND THEIR LABOUR – WELCOME IN LISBON

At lunch under the sweltering Lisbon sun, representatives from Birmingham, Brighton and Utrecht stickied their fingers with honied Qatayef, served up by Tayybeh, a catering service run by two Syrian refugees. Lisbon does a lot to allow immigrants and refugees to...

RIGA TO BE FORTIFIED BY IMMIGRATION

RIGA TO BE FORTIFIED BY IMMIGRATION

his year, newspapers are littered with ominous headlines such as ‘Latvia, a disappearing nation’ (from Politico) highlighting the massive emigration that has seen the nation lose almost 20% of its population in under two decades. But while Latvians are going abroad to...

PHILOXENIA IN ATHENS AND MUNICH

PHILOXENIA IN ATHENS AND MUNICH

The Greeks have a deep-rooted tradition of ‘Philoxenia’, taking pride in showing hospitality to strangers. Indeed, one of the great challenges for Athens in dealing with the current influx of migrants is coordinating the plethora of Greek groups and organisations that...

BEGIN BEFORE THE BEGINNING – MIGRATION IN UTRECHT

BEGIN BEFORE THE BEGINNING – MIGRATION IN UTRECHT

Two core principals have boosted the success of migrant integration in Utrecht: beginning before the beginning and inclusion for all. But what does it mean to begin before the beginning? In the Netherlands, asylum seekers start in centres from which successful...

NICOSIA INSISTS ON INTEGRATION

NICOSIA INSISTS ON INTEGRATION

For every city, migrant integration comes with its challenges, but any city that might consider these hurdles insurmountable should look to the walled Cypriot capital of Nicosia. This city, with a population of 200,000, almost half of whom are migrants, is one that...

CITIES GROW: THE STUDY VISIT OF NICOSIA TO HELSINKI

CITIES GROW: THE STUDY VISIT OF NICOSIA TO HELSINKI

How can a city unlock the potential of its migrants, boosting their economic participation as employees and entrepreneurs? A city’s migrants can increase the size and quality of the labour force, become business leaders and enhance its spending power. As in any area,...

TERRITORIAL AND URBAN ASPECTS OF MIGRATION AND REFUGEE INFLOW

TERRITORIAL AND URBAN ASPECTS OF MIGRATION AND REFUGEE INFLOW

November 2015 - Europe has witnessed an inflow of a large number of people over the last years. As a consequence of the geopolitical instability in the Middle East and Africa, migration and refugee flows towards Europe have increased with significant territorial...

TERRITORIAL AND URBAN ASPECTS OF MIGRATION AND REFUGEE INFLOW

EUROCITIES MIGRATION EVENTS : BUSY TIMES TO COME

EUROCITES and its Integrating Cities intiative will be organising or will be represented at several events in the coming months : here is a calendar to keep track.   21 September 29 September 13 October 22-23 October 26-27 October What Urban Dialogues : Migration...

TORONTO BECOMES A SIGNATORY OF THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

TORONTO BECOMES A SIGNATORY OF THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

Mayor John Tory signs the Integrating Cities Charter (December 18, 2014) As the result of a dialogue initiated between EUROCITIES and the city of Toronto early 2013, the Integrating Cities Charter was adopted by City Council as one facet of the Toronto Newcomer...

TERRITORIAL AND URBAN ASPECTS OF MIGRATION AND REFUGEE INFLOW

EUROCITIES ADOPTS STATEMENT ON ASYLUM IN CITIES

On 13 May, we published our political statement on asylum. Our statement was developed by our working group migration and integration with input from all social affairs forum working groups. We stress the important role European cities play in receiving and...

CITIES MEET TO DISCUSS ISSUE OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM AT LOCAL LEVEL

CITIES MEET TO DISCUSS ISSUE OF REFUGEES AND ASYLUM AT LOCAL LEVEL

Nine politicians from the cities of Barcelona, Belfast, Besiktas, Eindhoven, Leipzig, Lisbon, Nantes and Osmangazi gathered in the Turkish city on 11 March 2015 in a closed political session to discuss the future EUROCITIES political statement on asylum and migration...

CITY OF TAMPERE AWARDED FOR ANTI-RACISM ACTIVISM

CITY OF TAMPERE AWARDED FOR ANTI-RACISM ACTIVISM

The Advisory Board for Ethnic Relations (Secretariat at the Ministry of the Interior of Finland) has just this morning, at the annual so called Cities and Communities Market, given recognition and an award to the City of Tampere for their 0-tolerance and activism...

FINAL IMPLEMENTORING CONFERENCE HELD IN BRUSSELS

FINAL IMPLEMENTORING CONFERENCE HELD IN BRUSSELS

The final conference of our ImpleMentoring project on city-to-city support for migrant integration was an opportunity to present the project's findings and to assess the methodology, used for the first time in a transnational project led by EUROCITIES. The event...

IMPLEMENTORING CLUSTER MEETINGS IN 2014

IMPLEMENTORING CLUSTER MEETINGS IN 2014

Mentoring and ImpleMenting cities have been working together since the visits on roadmaps for change in the ImpleMenting cities. Many actions have already taken place over the last few months and the roadmaps are still being refined in constant dialogue between the...

THE CITY OF LEIPZIG SIGNS THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

THE CITY OF LEIPZIG SIGNS THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

In the framework of the EUROCITIES Ghent 2013 annual conference, the city of Leipzig, represented by Mayor Burkhard Jung and Vice-Mayor for Social Affairs Thomas Fabian, became the 32nd signatory of the Integrating Cities Charter.

IMPLEMENTORING CLUSTER MEETINGS IN 2014

EUROCITIES AT THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION FORUM

Invited as a EU umbrella organisation, EUROCITIES was represented at the 10th meeting of the EUROPEAN INTEGRATION FORUM organised by the European Economic and Social Commitee on 26 & 27 Novembe 2013 in Brussels, and gathering National Contact Points on...

CITY OF TORONTO WILL BECOME SIGNATORY OF THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

LISBON SIGNS THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER

The city of Lisbon became the 31st signatory of the EUROCITIES Integrating Cities charter on Monday 25th November, when Mayor Antonio Costa signed the document after a meeting in Brussels of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) Commission for Citizenship, Governance,...

INTERVIEW: STEFANO MANSERVISI TALKS MIGRATION

INTERVIEW: STEFANO MANSERVISI TALKS MIGRATION

At our Integrating Cities conference in Tampere, we took the opportunity to talk to Stefano Manservisi, director general for home affairs at the European Commission Why is migrant integration still relevant to the EU? I think that migrant integration is more than ever...

MIGRATION IN THE CITY OF TAMPERE

MIGRATION IN THE CITY OF TAMPERE

We took advantage of meeting with the vice mayor, responsible for migration, in Tampere, Olli-Poika Parviainen and host of the recent Integrating Cities conference to ask him about migration in the city. Why is migrant integration relevant to Tampere? The migrant...

IMPLEMENTORING CLUSTER MEETINGS IN 2014

TORONTO: WHY THE INTEGRATING CITIES CHARTER MATTERS

Article published on Cities of Migration Website. Is the EUROCITIES Charter on Integrating Cities coming to Toronto? We asked two proponents to explain the need for a charter in a city celebrated for its diversity. Chris Brillinger is the City of Toronto’s Executive...

EUROCITIES AT SHARE CONFERENCE

EUROCITIES AT SHARE CONFERENCE

The SHARE project will be drawing to a close at the end of November 2013. It has been providing opportunities for structured dialogue, exchange of practice and networking between cities and regional actors, and between experienced and emerging resettlement countries...

INTEGRATING CITIES CONFERENCE: 160 DELEGATES IN TAMPERE

INTEGRATING CITIES CONFERENCE: 160 DELEGATES IN TAMPERE

The VIth Integrating Cites Conference took place in Tampere on 9 & 10 September 2013 and gathered more than 160 delegates from 40 cities as well as representatives of Civil Society Organisations and international bodies such as the European Commission, the Council...

CITIES ADDRESSING MIGRANT INTEGRATION

CITIES ADDRESSING MIGRANT INTEGRATION

Cities are addressing migrant integration challenges through a series of ImpleMentoring peer visits Cities are addressing migrant integration challenges over a series of peer visits organised under our ImpleMentoring project. ImpleMentoring 'city-to-city support for...

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH MEETING

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH MEETING

ImpleMentoring project partners meet in Brussels on 26-27 February 2013 On 26 and 27 February, ImpleMentoring “city to city support for migrant integration” project partners gathered in EUROCITIES office in Brussels for an intense two days launch meeting. Two...

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH MEETING

IMPLEMENTORING LAUNCH

Launch of the new EUROCITIES Integrating Cities project, ImpleMentoring on 15 November ImpleMentoring - City to City support for migrant integration started on 15 november 2012 and will last for 18 months until May 2014. Led by EUROCITIES, the network of major cities...