Home to Rising Tide of Migrants, Cities Invited to Shape Global Pacts

By Carey L. Biron

Washington — Cities could play a formal part in the global response to rising migration, top officials have suggested ahead of next year's negotiations on two international pacts to tackle the issue.

At a Global Mayors Summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly last month, the U.N. refugee chief offered robust support for cities to be given a bigger role in deciding and implementing measures to deal with migration around the world.

Filippo Grandi, head of the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR), said his organisation is "very interested in talking to cities" and may even establish an executive committee of cities hosting refugees to advise it on how to approach the challenge.

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