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MIX International Online Seminar Series – Solidarity Pratices in the City

MIX International Online Seminar Series – Solidarity Practices in the City

Cities across the globe have taken a more inclusive approach to accommodating migrants and refugees than national regimes. The city can be — and is — a strategic location for an emergent and active citizenship. The city is a space in which formal notions of citizenship have been challenged and where social, economic, and political rights typically associated with formal citizenship have been substantially demanded, acquired, and enacted by non-citizen actors. This seminar investigates some of these dynamics and explanations to why. The three presentations offer both a mapping, a typology and examples of urban/municipal solidarity practices.


24.11.2022 kl. 12.30 - 14.00


In this seminar, three speakers will talk about solidarity practices in the city.

After the presentations, Martin Bak Jørgensen, will as an opponent open the discussion.

Stefanie Kron - The Moving Cities Map

The “Moving Cities Map” showcases successful local approaches to migration and inclusion across the whole of Europe. It also provides in-depth research on 28 progressive Solidarity Cities in ten European countries and their strategies for welcoming migrants and refugees. It further presents 50 of their most inspiring local initiatives and provides an overview of all active European cities and their most extensive networks with other cities. The data was collected between the summer of 2020 and the summer of 2021 by a varied team of researchers using interviews with political actors, scholarly research and the analysis of existing records. The presentation will explore the funding ideas and the development process of the map as well as guiding you through the various map’s tools in order to use it for your academic research or activist work.

Stefanie Kron is a professor for social work and empirical social research at Evangelische Hochschule Berlin.

Mashudu Salifu - Sanctuary and Solidarity Cities in Global Context: Copenhagen, Denmark and Accra, Ghana as a Case Study

Mashudu Salifu is a graduate student from the Culture, Communication and Globalization program at AAU. He will present the findings from his thesis defended earlier this year.

Gülce Şafak Özdemir – Urban Solidarity Typology: A Comparison ff European Cities since the Crisis of Refuge in 2015

Gülce Şafak Özdemir is a PhD researcher, Universidad Pompeu Fabra. Her talk is based on her recent article in Cities.

This article scrutinizes how local responses to irregular migrants vary across European cities. Existing literature shows that cities develop inclusive policies and practices for irregular migrants as a response to the restrictive asylum and migration policies of welfare states. This benchmarking study builds an overarching urban solidarity typology based on an empirical analysis of policies and practices in 13 European cities between 2015 and 2019, inclusive. It emerges as a spectrum of transformative practices of various actors, as well as a constellation of displays of diverse sets of contentions, solidarity repertoires, compromises, negotiations, and consensus as well as their various combinations over a long period.

You can attend the seminar via this link

Meeting ID: 666 7460 2246
Passcode: 651538


MIX - Center for Displacement, Migration and Integration & Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University ・ DEMOS - Democracy, Migration and Society is a research group, Department of Culture & Learning, Aalborg University ・ SOLI*CITY - The Urban Sanctuary, Migrant Solidarity, and Hospitality in Global Perspective partnership


Online via Zoom