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Prague: Resite 2016

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30 June 2016

Episode 246

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This week we report from Resite, a two-day conference in Prague that aims to tackle one of the biggest challenges for modern cities: migration. We speak with experts, policy-makers and more to understand how cities are standing up to the test.

30 June 2016

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Chapter 1

Martin Barry, founder of Resite 2016

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Martin Barry tells us that when he initially proposed this theme he was told: “Don’t do it, it’s too controversial.” But he went ahead and did it anyway.

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Saskia Sassen and ‘Expulsions’

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Dutch/US sociologist Saskia Sassen is known for her work on globalisation and human migration, so it’s no surprise she was one of the keynote speakers at Resite. In her new book, ‘Expulsions’, she talks about a third subject entering our borders and how it is not just about migrants and refugees anymore.

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Krister Lindstedt and relocating Kiruna

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North of the Arctic Circle there’s a different migration story happening. The Swedish town of Kiruna is undergoing one of the most radical urban-relocation projects of our time: the entire city will be moved approximately two miles east.

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Carl Weisbrod, chairman of New York’s City Planning Commisison

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Affordable housing has been one of the top priorities for Carl Weisbrod and for a city with more than 3 million foreign-born citizens it is no easy task.

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Dr Martin Klamt, Munich’s Department of Urban Planning

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Like many other German cities, Munich has been faced with huge numbers of refugees and policy-makers have been trying to make integration as swift as possible. We learn how this can be quite a challenge, with the city also acting as a crossing point for refugees looking to go elsewhere in the country.

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