Palermo – City of Accommodation?

In 2015, the capital city of the Italian region of Sicily has officially declared itself a “city of accommodation” with the so-called Charter of Palermo. Even though such a declaration ought not be mistaken with the attainment of the goal and should be rather read as vision, Palermo symbolically stands for a multitude of European cities and municipalities which in this time of crisis in European migration and in asylum politics engage in emancipatory endeavors and draft new paths of cohabitation with refugees. The latter often ran counter to national(ized) stipulations, agendas, and legislations. What does this mean then, concretely, for people who have fled? To what extent can these cities make a new beginning possible for refugees, even though they formally do not have that right?

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