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Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees: Children and Caregivers

Six city grantees announced today are Amman (Jordan), Dunaivtsi (Ukraine), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Milan (Italy), Montevideo (Uruguay), Ramallah (Palestine).

New York City, June 20, 2023 — On World Refugee Day, the Mayors Migration Council (MMC) announced six new city grantees of the Global Cities Fund for Migrants and Refugees: Children and Caregivers. Launched in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, this new chapter of the fund directs financial and technical resources to city governments delivering solutions for migrant or displaced children and their families.

City grantees will receive US$1.2 million and technical resources from the Mayors Migration Council with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Worldwide, more than 43 million children were forcibly displaced in 2022, accounting for 40 percent of all refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people last year. With 70 percent of the world’s displaced seeking refuge in urban areas, more and more children are looking to cities as a space for safety, development, and learning. Mayors around the world are taking action, but often have limited access to financial resources to bring this work to scale.

A Home Away From Harm (Dunaivtsi, Ukraine)

In Dunaivtsi, Ukraine, Mayor Velina Zaiats will repurpose an abandoned hospital to provide housing and social services to internally displaced children and families fleeing the ongoing conflict in the region. After the war, the plan is to turn the space into a children’s camp or rehabilitation center for domestic and gender-based violence survivors.


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