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Creating inclusive cities

Over 60 percent of refugees today live in urban areas: cities that are the best hope for millions seeking safety and opportunity … cities that are finding innovative ways to respond to refugees’ needs, but can’t do it alone … cities that are creating more vibrant communities by welcoming newcomers.

A report released by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) with support from Citi examines how over 20 cities across four continents are addressing urban displacement. The report also shares lessons learned and what it means to be an inclusive city.

How the IRC helps

Today 35 million displaced people are living in cities without reliable access to water, food, sanitation, healthcare or the economic opportunities they need to rebuild their lives. Here’s what the IRC is doing to help:

  • The IRC is one of the few humanitarian organizations working directly with city governments. We're helping Amman, Athens, Kampala, Milan, Paris, and dozens more cities to address the needs of displaced people today, plan for the future, and create more inclusive communities that work for everyone. 
  • The IRC is a leader in helping both displaced people and local residents find work. For example, in collaboration with Care.com, the IRC is helping create economic opportunity for female refugees with an interest in the care industry by providing skills training, job readiness and cultural integration.
  • The IRC protects displaced people from violence. In Beirut and Tripoli, for example, some 1,500 children work on the streets while trying to earn money for their families. The IRC helps give these kids a semblance of a normal childhood so that they can recover from the trauma and stress they face every day.