EU Observer: Europe must empower its cities to respond to refugee crisis

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Laia Ortiz, deputy mayor of Barcelona and chair of the EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, writes in EU Observer on why Europe needs to empower its cities to respond to the refugee crisis.

The refugee crisis is one we must address in our cities. I know this from experience: cities like Barcelona have become hubs for thousands of people seeking international protection.

Long before Germany opened its borders in September 2015, ahead of the height of the crisis, cities like mine have been calling for a more constructive and humanitarian response.

Through Eurocities we have a strong and united voice. Barcelona is among the 139 major European cities calling on the EU institutions for greater solidarity and a more humanitarian response to the crisis.

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