'In Sweden migrant children start attending school within 2 weeks of arriving'

A banner outside the UN Refugee Agency in Cape Town. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/EWN

The Sixth Congress of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders is taking place (11-15 November 2019) in Durban.

Representatives of local and regional governments from around the world are assembling to define the global agenda of cities and regions.

On Wednesday, the topic of discussion was migrants and the difficulties they face around the world.

Joanne Joseph interviewed Lee Kasumba.

Kasumba spoke about how cities are integrating migrants.

She touched on best practice examples in Africa and around the world.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

A mayor from Sweden spoke at length about how migrant children start attending school within two weeks of arriving there…

Lee Kasumba

In France, they have 2 million people who play football… they incorporate refugee players…

Lee Kasumba

They were very complimentary of Kigali… and Nairobi… people there are more open to migrants working in the informal sector…

Lee Kasumba

They were rather delicate about the way they spoke about that issue [xenophobia in South Africa] …

Lee Kasumba

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