The Cities of Refuge Podcast

The Cities of Refuge Podcast

S2E1: From the Sea to the City

October 31, 2021

Welcome to another season of the Cities of Refuge Podcast! In this first episode, we talk about “From the Sea to the City”, a new and interesting consortium of civil society organisations working together with cities for a more human rights-based migration policy. “From the Sea to the City” held a major conference in Palermo back in June of this year that led to the creation of an "International Alliance of Safe Harbours” featuring 33 co-founding cities. Moritz Baumgärtel discusses the origins, process and goals of both alliances with two guests from the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform, which has been driving the process: Professor Gesine Schwan and Dr. Malisa Zobel, respectively the co-founder of the Platform and the program director of its Municipal Integration and Development Initiative.

For more information on “From the Sea to the City” (including videos of the conference panels), visit and read the initiative's 2020 report: You can also have a look at the Declaration of Mayors founding the Alliance: A visualisation of the various city and civil society networks can be found here:

This episode was produced with the assistance of Sithis Yim Samnang.