Mayors Migration Council

Live Action Tracker:

Municipal Migrant & Refugee Sensitive COVID-19 Response & Recovery Efforts

Last edited: July 11

As of March 2020, the Mayors Migration Council (MMC) has activated to arm city leaders and the international community with practical tools and resources for enhancing local efforts to address COVID-19 and ensure no one is left behind because of their immigration or refugee status. More information including the latest updates, upcoming and past relevant webinars from city network and international organizations, key messages for cities, a checklist of policy actions to take, and other resources on COVID are available on the MMC’s Inclusive City COVID-19 Response & Recovery page. For more information or to request additions to this guide email covid@mayorsmigrationcouncil.org.

Feedback to this document has been incorporated from the UN Migration Agency (IOM), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), International Rescue Committee, and others.

 

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ACTION / POLICY

RESPONSE AND OUTREACH TARGETED AT MIGRANT AND REFUGEE COMMUNITIES

Multilingual Information

Anchorage, US providing dedicated corona response website with information in 10 languages.

Athens, Greene  the Athens Coordination Centre for Migrant & Refugee issues (ACCMR) collects and shares addition Covid-19 related information for community workers and beneficiaries, as well, including: Updates from the national government in 6 languages; “Q & As about COVID-19”   produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Greece in 7 languages (Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Somali, Sorani, Urdu); FAQs for Migrants – Spread the News, Not the Virus podcast series in 4 languages ​​(Arabic, Farsi, English, French) produced by Solidarity Now in cooperation with pod.gr, the Greek podcast platform.NEW

Atlanta, US providing dedicated coronavirus website in 10 languages (Arabic, Bosnia, Chinese (simplified), English, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese).

Bristol, UK offers free telephone hotline open seven days a week for vulnerable residents, video updates from the mayor, clear information in 8 languages.

Brno, Czech Republic providing information on the corona measures in 6 languages (Czech, English, and abridged versions in Russian, Romanian, Arabic and Vietnamese).

Brussels, Belgium  public health flyer in 10 languages (English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Turkish and Arabic). Other information about actions taken by Brussels-Capital Region authorities, by civil society and by companies, is available in Dutch, French, and English.

Los Angeles, US providing dedicated corona response website with embedded Google Translate functionality.

New York City, US public education flyer and fact sheet available in 22 languages with confirmation of services available regardless of immigration or insurance status or ability to pay.

Nuremberg, Germany using  “Integreat” a mobile guide for refugees and migrants to share COVID information in seven languages (German, English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Russian and Amharic).

Stuttgart, Germany providing dedicated corona response website in 9 languages (German, English, Turkish, Arabic, Russian, Polish and Italian, as well as ‘plain language’ for those with comprehension difficulties and sign language).

Vienna, Austria addressing questions related to COVID-19 crisis in more than 20 languages. The civil servants working at Vienna's Municipal Department for "Integration and Diversity" will then conduct research in reliable sources and provide information in the preferred language, March 30.

Zurich, Switzerland public education flyer in 12 languages.

Round-up of multilingual resources from US sources (contains fact sheets, posters, multimedia, and links to live updates in multiple languages).

Church World Service collection of translated fact sheets on covering your cough and preventing the spread of disease in over a dozen languages, and has COVID-19 / Coronavirus Resources guide for refugees in the US.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) — public health flyers on what to do if you are feeling sick and when to seek medical attention in English, Arabic, Dari, Kinyarwanda, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Tigrinya (other languages forthcoming).

Targeted Information / Outreach

Athens, Greene  the Athens Coordination Centre for Migrant & Refugee issues (ACCMR) created a public mapping of COVID-19 prevention and response services available to vulnerable groups – inclusive of migrants and refugees. Collecting information from 102 organizing working on the ground in Athens,the mapping shares an up to date list of services, activities, and best practices are described in both Greek and English and tracked in a live Google Sheet.NEW

Atlanta, US Welcoming Atlanta Office issued a COVID-19 Resource Guide with information, services, and links for all residents regardless of immigration status or language they speak. Provides lists of services and benefits available on housing, utilities, food security and assistance, health, and victims of crime assistance.

Gdansk, Poland dedicated coronavirus website providing information in 7 languages (Українська мова, English, Deutsch, Русский язык, Português brasileiro, اللغة العربية). Confirmation that “diagnostics and treatment in case of suspicion of coronavirus are free of charge. Regardless of your country of origin, citizenship and whether you have insurance or not. In the case of coronavirus all citizens and foreigners have free medical care,” March 25.

London, UK Information on COVID-19 for non-UK nationals, confirms that no charges apply for testing  or treatment for COVID-19, including for anyone living in the UK without permission, and that no immigration checks are required for treatment.

 Directs to:

Los Angeles, US Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs issued a collection of resources for migrants and refugees living in LA including COVID-19, public charge, food, health, education, workers’ rights, consumer rights, immigrant rights, housing, business, census — Mayor’s Office of Immigrant affairs COVID-19 Information and Resources for Immigrant / Refugee Angelenos

Lublin, Poland has a dedicated website for Coronavirus Practical information that includes information for foreigners and underage international students including, specific guidance for foreign students (April 10), phone and email legal advice for foreigners, continuation of the municipality’s Information Desk for Foreigners via phone and email. They also adapted their registration system for foreigners to be by mail or online, April 7.

Madrid, Spain — Emergencies and care for migrants and care for refugee and asylum social services remain open as an essential service that keeps municipal personnel on site.

Milan, Italy Social Policies Directorate produced a Report on irregular migrants during Covid-19 emergency, detailing what services they continue to offer and that primary services for cases of serious social exclusion continue to be guaranteed, despite the challenges on the municipality from COVID emergency response.

New York City, US issued a statement clarifying that the seeking or using medical treatment or preventive healthcare services related to COVID-19 will NOT be considered under the public charge rule by the US Government, even if the services are Medicaid-funded. Use of healthcare services will not impact your ability to apply for a green card, March 16.

New York City, US flyer “I’ve been affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).  What benefits might I be eligible for?”, April 2.

Portugal changes national policy to treat all migrants and asylum seekers currently living in Portugal as permanent residents during the coronavirus crisis starting March 30, including those still in the documentation process. Migrants required to provide evidence of an ongoing residency request before they can use the country’s health service, welfare system, bank accounts, and work and rental contracts.

Poznań, Poland dedicated website to provide foreigners with information on their COVID-19 response, available in Russian, English and Ukrainian, and a special phone helpline for Ukrainians.

San Diego, US Democratic city leaders urged immigrants and refugees to seek medical attention if warranted without fear of retribution. Confirmed that undocumented population has access to food from the San Diego Food Bank; free breakfast and lunches for children from public schools providing meals; unemployment insurance, paid family leave and disability if you or a family member is sick; workers compensation; and medical services.

São Paulo, Brazil Mayor Bruno Covas delivered a speech confirming municipal law gives the immigrants, regardless of status, the same rights as nationals within the city. Stating: “They have the same rights in relation to the basic food basket, use of the municipal hospital network, daycare for their children (even though it is closed now), but the municipal legislation established the same rights to any type of immigrant, regardless of their legal status. They can also search for assistance through the Reference and Service Center for Immigrants (CRAI)”, March 31.

Seattle, US COVID-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants

DIRECT SERVICES WITH BENEFITS TO MIGRANT AND REFUGEE COMMUNITIES

Food

Amman, Jordan daily water and bread distributed to households by municipal vehicles.

Anchorage, US school district providing breakfast and lunches to school kids and are planning to continue this into the summer.

Atlanta, US continuing provision free meals to all students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools.

Kampala, Uganda the Lord Mayor donated 1,000kg of maize flour and 600kg of rice to Kibuli Mosque and was expected to distribute more foodstuff to other religions. Following opposition from the central government, Mr Lukwago has, however, changed his strategy. The Lord Mayor said he has resorted to distributing food himself, especially to residents in his area who cannot afford a meal, April 8.

Kerala, India opened Community Kitchens to ensure food supply for those who are helpless during curfew and lock down including people in observation, and provided one month free ration of grains, cereals, pulses, sugar, tea etc. for every single family March 31.

Lisbon, Portugal  Students from public schools will continue to receive meals for breakfast, lunch and snacks, during the entire suspension of school activities (applies to students in levels A, B and SEN-special education needs / school social action), March 27.

Los Angeles, US established grab and go sites for school children in the school district in partnership with the Red Cross which has volunteers.

Madrid, Spain providing 500 meals a day are being delivered to minors, aimed at children who have scholarships and families with socioeconomic difficulties,  as well as food delivery services for the elderly.

Milan, Italy established food distribution hubs near high-poverty areas.

Montreal, Canada requested municipal staff who cannot telework to volunteer at food banks to compensate for volunteers now staying home.

New York City, US providing 3 free meals/day to all New Yorkers distributed through 400 sites, no registration, ID or documentation required for pick up (pick up all 3 meals at once, halal and vegetarian options). This is an expansion of a program that was originally just for students under 18, April 3.

Poland permitted foreigners will receive social assistance on the same terms as Polish citizens, such as food aid provided under the EU Operational Programme Food Assistance. Permitted foreigners include: EU citizens, and those with permanent residence permit, refugee status, subsidiary protection, humanitarian residence permit, or tolerated stay permit.

 São Paulo, Brazil City Hall investing R$ 1,7 million to hire civil society organizations and up to 500 women to produce of 180,000 meals for people in situations of vulnerability in the period of two months, April 16.NEW

Eviction and Rent Relief

Alaska, US the Governor suspended eviction hearings and prohibited evicting people with COVID.

Atlanta, US issued an Executive Order imposing a moratorium on residential evictions and filings for a period of sixty (60) days effective March 17.

Barcelona, Spain issued a moratorium on rent for properties (housing and commercial) managed by Barcelona Municipal Housing and Rehabilitation Institute. For three months, a total of 12,000 tenants will not have to pay for their accommodation or commercial premises. When rent collection resumes, tenants will make up for these months by paying slightly more rent each month until December. In order to tackle this package of measures, the City Council has enabled an extraordinary item of €3.5 million in the municipal budget, which can be extended up to €5.5 million.

Lisbon, Portugal moratorium on rent until June 30 for all the municipal dwellings (with payment phased in over the next 18 months); all the commercial establishments  located on municipal spaces that are closed; all social, cultural, sporting or recreational institutions installed on municipal venues.

Los Angeles, US  eviction moratorium for non-payment of rent for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic during the time local state of emergency is in effect, March 15. Issued emergency order suspending new rental increases on any of the 624K+ units that fall under the City’s rent stabilization ordinance, or RSO. During this emergency period, RSO tenants will not be subject to any new rent increase, March 30. 

Homelessness

Anchorage, US the city has set up sites to house with the goal of getting them into stable housing and is utilizing sports arenas and stadiums to shelter people experiencing homeless.

Barcelona, Spain opening 200 tourist apartments to accommodate vulnerable families whose homes do not meet the conditions to endure confinement; utilizing one pavilion of Fira de Barcelona in Montjuïc for homeless people and emergencies, which can initially accommodate 150 people; and opening three new centers to reinforce the equipment for people experiencing homelessness.

Bristol, UK City Council has made an urgent call to hoteliers, B&Bs, Airbnb owners and student housing providers to come forward to offer accommodation to house the city’s homeless during the coronavirus, March 23.

Brno, Czech Republic handing our face masks for free to people experiencing homelessness. The city has set up a container to collect used masks which are disinfected and then given out again.

Brussels, Belgium Regional authorities secured two hotels in Brussels with a combined capacity of 220 spaces to host migrants who do not have access to official or associative housing services.

California, US launches initiative to place homeless people in hotel and motel rooms around the state in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA and California counties have identified 6,867 rooms that are now in state possession, and they're looking to identify up to 15,000 rooms in total as an initial goal. The "Project Roomkey" initiative is the first of its kind in the nation, in which the federal agency would reimburse state and local governments up to 75 percent of the costs of the rooms, including services such as meals and security and custodial services, for the next three months, April 4.

Kerala, India Homeless people were listed and moved them to nearest temporary shelters and ensured food and medicines, March 31.  

Lisbon, Portugal opened 2 new quarantine shelters for people experiencing homelessness, March 27.

London, UK secured 300 hotel rooms for rough sleepers to self isolate, working with the central government and Intercontinental Hotels Group  to block-book the rooms in two London hotels for the next 12 weeks, March 21.

Los Angeles, US converted 42 community centers  into temporary shelters for 1,000-5,000 of the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness and is turning to hotels to help house 30,000 people experiencing homelessness.

Madrid, Spain  set up a hotel in Arganda del Rey and a hostel in Chamberí to serve asylum seekers and homeless people without symptoms. Those who present symptoms of illness will be transferred to the Villa de Vallecas asylum seekers centre and the Juan Luis Vives homeless centre in Vicálvaro, except when needing hospital admission. Also extending  winter campaign to provide shelter for two additional months until May 31 to protect the homeless, providing 479 places.

Odemira, Portugal creating  500 quarantine places for foreign agricultural workers, including sanitation services and possibilities to organize meals.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil utilizing 400 vacant hotel rooms for elderly people and pregnant women on the streets (partnership with the State Government).

São Paulo, Brazil adds 5 emergency reception shelters for those experiencing homelessness and installs sinks with potable water in areas of the city center with high populations of people experiencing homelessness, March 20.

Stuttgart, Germany is creating 300+ places for accommodation and care as a precautionary measure in partnership with the German Red Cross, with refugees and homeless people being the first target users, March 27.

Emergency Funds / Cash Assistance

Anchorage, US United Way partnered with a family foundation and the Alaska Community Foundation to set up a fund to assist residents and families in need. The Alaska Institute for Justice is likewise setting up a Go Fund Me site to assist families who are not eligible for government relief.

Atlanta, US issued an Executive Order creating a $7 million emergency fund. The resources are designated to fund emergency assistance to food programs for children and seniors, homeless preparedness, support to small businesses, assistance to hourly wage earners and other areas adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Bogotá, Colombia created an online fund to support 500,000 families living in poverty and vulnerability with a  basic income for their livelihood during quarantine. The Mayor's Office will provide funding to guarantee the livelihood of 350,000 families and is seeking public donations to reach another 150,000 vulnerable families.

Bristol, UK supporting a civil society run Corona Response Fund to solicit donations; registering those who want to volunteer online for future mobilization

District of Columbia, US Events DC  — the official convention and sports authority for the District — will distribute $15 million to help hospitality and service workers, restaurateurs and undocumented immigrants who were left out of a Distrct and federal relief packages, April 9.

Dusseldorf, Germany  established an aid fund for local companies to bridge financial distress caused by the coronavirus. The fund includes €500,000, with a maximum of €5,000 per company. This serves as interim aid before the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Federal Government offer concrete services for businesses. Los Angeles, US Mayor created an Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund and pledged to reach $25million in support for families and small businesses, relief for health care workers, health equipment, services for the unhoused, research. In addition, on March 23 the Mayor created a specific $10million Angeleno Campaign for families in need of income that do not qualify for unemployment (up to 20,000 residents are targeted to need help). Families will be able to apply for no-fee prepaid debit cards starting the week of March 30, which will be distributed at designated Community Centers. The public can send donations to the fund and campaign online or via text message.

Kerala, India 2months welfare pensions for senior citizens, widows, differently abled, farmers, artisans, etc.;  Rs.2000 as interest free loan through Women Self Help Groups, Rs.5000 per each ward for initiating hand wash units (water tank, wash basin, soap), March 31.

Lisbon, Portugal increasing the Social Emergency Fund in the amount of € 25M targeted to families, social institutions and to the procurement of goods, services and equipment that become necessary in this emergency.

Milan, Italy  launched a Mutual Aid Fund to solicit private donations in addition to the 3million euro allocated by City Council, March 17. Disbursement will be made up to a maximum of 500 euros (depending on the members of the family) and for a period of 3 months that may be renewable. Accessible to those who have lost their jobs in Milan since March 1, 2020 and those with income per person up to 400 euros per month. In a second phase, the Fund will be dedicated to more structural interventions that will support the reconstruction of the city's socio-economic fabric, with particular attention to small businesses and economic operators.

Minneapolis, US Mayor Jacob Frey announced he will use his emergency powers to create a $5 million forgivable loan program available to undocumented immigrants to help renters and small businesses affected by the economic fallout from the spread of COVID-19, April 6.

New York City, US Mayor de Blasio announced a partnership with Open Society Foundations to establish the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief program, to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, are included in citywide COVID-19 response and relief efforts. The $20 million fund will reach 20,000 immigrant workers and their families with direct, one-time emergency relief, April 16.

São Paulo, Brazil approved the payment of an emergency aid of up to R$1,200 for low-income families in the city. The law may be replicated nationally.

São Paulo, Brazil City Hall will transfer R$ 24 million to families to purchase food at home, April 16.

Tax Relief

Barcelona, Spain municipal taxes postponed or compensated for shops, bars and restaurants, to guarantee the liquidity of families, businesses and the self-employed. A special office shall develop personalized plans for companies, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Kampala, Uganda considering suspending the collection of fees from markets and Parks so that the funds could be used by the Parks/markets for hand washing facilities or sanitizers (decision expected March 30)

Madrid, Spain reduction or postponement in fees and taxes including  Vehicle Tax and Garage Tax postponed; moratorium on ATM fees; and a reduction of 63 million in taxes (IBI and IAE) has been decreed for companies in the leisure, catering, commerce and travel agencies that maintain employment.

Milan, Italy suspended and returned certain tax revenues for individuals.

Other Financial Relief

Anchorage, US halted disconnecting utilities and postponed property taxes and other licensing fees.

Antwerp, Belgium has made €250,000 euro available for innovative, quickly implementable solutions from start-ups and companies that can arm citizens and companies against the impact of the COVID-19 virus and make life possible in lockdown mode. They welcome (digital) solutions in areas such as welfare, health care, childcare, poverty reduction, working from home, communication and participation and more.

Atlanta, US halted termination of water services for non-payment for 60 days starting March 11.

Employment / Workers Rights

Barcelona, Spain established an on-line and telephone labour rights offices network to respond to any question launched by an employee or by an employer who needs to know how to deal with the consequences of the lockdown in their economic activity.

California, US — Workers Affected by Coronavirus Can Apply for Assistance Regardless of Immigration Status. 

Stuttgart, Germany is creating a corona hotline for local companies and freelancers with experts from the fields of management consultancy, law, coaching or health to offer advice about the virus, hygiene and work regulations and information on economic aid such as grants, support programmes, loans or short-time work.

Targeted Health Response

Mogadishu, Somalia set up portable hand-washing stations, made locally by students, in public places and IDP camps across the city.

New York City, US city-run healthcare system provides free care regardless of immigration or insurance status or ability to pay.

São Paulo, Brazil  aims to install 100 sinks in impoverished communities and vulnerable occupations without adequate urban infrastructure, April 16.

ADVOCACY EFFORTS

Pathways for migrant and refugee healthcare workers to aid health response

Buenos Aires, Argentina authorizing migrants from Venezuela with unvalidated professional medical degrees to work in Argentinian health care systems. This practice is expected to be expanded to other areas of Argentina following national decree “to authorize, on an exceptional and temporary basis, the hiring and practice of health professionals and technicians with degrees abroad, whose title is not revalidated or authorized in the Argentine Republic."

France allows qualified refugees to serve in certain public health roles, March 26.

New Jersey, US Gov. Murphy signs an executive order that clears the way for immigrant doctors licensed and in good standing in foreign countries to serve in the Covid-19 emergency response, April 1.

New York State, US allow qualified graduates of foreign medical schools without medical licenses in New York to provide patient care in hospitals if they have completed at least one year of graduate medical education, March 23.

Saxony, Germany, the regional medical board is advertising for migrant doctors to help tackle an expected rise in cases. Sent out message via Facebook: “Foreign doctors who already live in Saxony, but do not yet have a license, can help with corona care: corona@slaek.de. We are looking only for Doctors without approval and they stay in Saxony to help us in the Corona pandemic. And: They must speak german,” March 24.

Advocacy to Protect, Include and Empower Migrants and Refugees in Response and Recovery

Los Angeles, US called on US Congress to provide relief to the estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants in California, including the estimated 375,000 in Los Angeles alone. With mayors across California, he also called on the state to retroactively extend the California Earned Income Tax Credit to all Californians regardless of their immigration status, April 8.

New York City, US sent letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) calling for suspension of immigration enforcement, and release of detainees, at min those who are elderly, pregnant, or immuno-compromised to prevent the spread of #COVID19 and protect the health of everyone in the immigration system, March 17.

US States of California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, NewJersey, and New York expand professional and occupational licenses for international healthcare workers.

UN Joint Statement — Detained Migrants Should Be Released Immediately, March 31.

New American Economy’s US focused Immigrants and COVID-19 Portal with estimates that show how immigrants are part of America’s fight and response to the COVID-19 health crisis.

Cities for Action support for US cities on advocacy messaging (forthcoming).

Communications to Counter Xenophobia / Stigmatization

NON-MIGRANT-SPECIFIC CITY RESPONSES

Urban Response Strategies

India Local Level Mobilisation: Actions and Interventions for COVID-19 produced by UN Habitat, March 31.

Kerala, India Good Practice of State Level Mobilization for COVID-19 produced by UN Habitat, March 31.

London, UK presentation at Global Resilient Cities Network speaker series on emergency response effort so far — Planning for Coronavirus in London, March 19.

Milan, Italy presentation at Global Resilient Cities Network speaker series on emergency response effort so far, including actions taken, organizational structure and long term recovery preparations — Emergency Response Overview, March 19.

Milan, Italy working document — Milano Aiuta (‘Milan does help’): keeping up with social services at the time of Coronavirus, March 24.

São Paulo, Brazil compilation of actions taken to tackle the Coronavirus, April 15.UPDATED

Recommendations of operational best practices for mayors from US Conference of Mayors, live collection of US city guidance (12+), and joint letter from 300+ mayors to US Congress requesting $250 billion for direct, flexible emergency assistant to cities — What Mayors Need to Know about COVID-19; Joint Letter to Congress.

Bloomberg Philanthropies providing advice, guidance and webinars for US and international cities (coronavirusresp onse@bloomberg.org). Produced Crisis management and decision making tools for mayors, developed by Bloomberg-Harvard Cities Leadership Initiative, a Public Health Situation Report for Mayors, developed by Johns Hopkins University,  and a Frequently Asked Questions page for mayors that provides guidance on adaptation, communications and more.

Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) launched “The Corona Crisis: Mayors Act Now Campaign” via their website and Virtual Parliament to connect mayors with each other. The GPM has also worked with the Georgetown University Centre for Global Health Science and Security to realize a meaningful global impact by engaging with pandemic preparedness initiatives that were supported in the GPM Declarations in 2018 and 2019.

Georgetown University Rapid Urban Health Security Assessment (RUHSA) designed for local government leaders and policymakers to support decisions as they prioritize and build capacities to improve local-level health security.

A Frontline Guide for Local Decision-Makers, which provides an initial strategic framework for state, city, and local leaders as they begin planning what will need to be done to reduce the impact of the outbreak in the near term and checklists for action. Produced by NTI, Center for Global Development, Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, and Talus Analytic.

COVID Urban Response Strategies, from Urban Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development Research Team School of Architecture, Southeast University (SEU), China; SEU Key Laboratory of Urban and Architectural Heritage Conservation, Ministry of Education, China; UNESCO Chair in Cultural Resource Management, March 18.

Key considerations: COVID-19 in informal urban settlements, from Social Science in Humanitarian Action.

C40 Cities Cities and Coronavirus Knowledge Portal

Live City Action Trackers

300+ actions taken by US cities from the National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies — Local Action Tracker.

US city actions and model bills from Local Progress  Coronavirus Response. Call on members to 1) advance paid leave, 2) enact moratoriums on evictions and utility shutoffs, 3) and ensure a response that protects the most vulnerable.

European city actions from EUROCITIES — Live Updates on COVID-19 Responses.

Latin American and European city actions from UCLG, Metropolis, and UN Habitat  — Cities for Global Health.

US city actions related to immigrant communities from New American Economy Resource guide for state and local COVID-19 emergency responses.

Learning Exchange / Webinars

Weekly Thursday — webinar for US cities from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard Cities Leadership Initiative (coronavirusresponse@bloomberg.org to register).

May 14, 10:30-11:30 EDT — Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) and World Bank on-line speaker series “Cities on the Frontlines” focused on migration in partnership with the Mayors Migration Council.

April 30, 15:00-17:00 UTC — Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Webinars on the Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants, Migration and Development, open to national governments, local authorities, civil society, and business. Register to support.unit@gfmd.org.

April 30 — UCLG, Metropolis, UN Habitat Live Learning Experience (LLE) focused on LED (select group of UCLG members and partners). 

April 29 — UCLG, Metropolis, UN Habitat Live Learning Experience (LLE) focused on informalities (select group of UCLG members and partners). 

April 28, 07:00-09:00 UTC — Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Webinars on the Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants, Migration and Development open to national governments, local authorities, civil society, and business. Register to support.unit@gfmd.org.

April 24 — Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) and World Bank on-line speaker series “Cities on the Frontlines.”

April 22 — UCLG, Metropolis, UN Habitat Live Learning Experience (LLE) focused on finance (select group of UCLG members and partners). 

April 22, 13:00-14:00 CET — WHO Healthy Cities Network - UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities Webinar "Measures developed by cities for migrants and refugees during COVID-19"

April 22 — UCLG, Metropolis, UN Habitat Live Learning Experience (LLE) focused on culture (select group of UCLG members and partners). 

April 22 — EUROCITIES webinar on the Fund for European Aid for the most Deprived -FEAD.

April 22 — EUROCITIES City Dialogue on mobility measures in response to the COVID-19.

April 16 — Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) and World Bank on-line speaker series “Cities on the Frontlines.”

April 16, 3:00-5:00PM CEST — UCLG, Metropolis, UN Habitat Live Learning Experience (LLE) focused on migration (select group of UCLG members and partners). 

April 2, 11.00-12.30AM CEST— WHO Healthy Cities Network Europe – Second Healthy Cities WEBEX focusing specifically on actions needed to reach and support specific groups at risk of vulnerability in this pandemic (members only).

April 1, 2:00PM ET— Atlantic Council City leadership & the impacts of COVID-19 with Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and New Orleans former mayor Mitch Landrieu (open registration).

April 1 3:00-5:00PM CEST — UCLG, Metropolis, UN Habitat 2nd Live Learning Experience (LLE) focused on housing (select group of UCLG members and partners). 

April 1, 11:00AM CEST—EUROCITIES (members only) Webinar on EU financial support to fight coronavirus and the socio-economic impact.

March 27 — Local2030 partners call on local-level responses to the coronavirus pandemic and efforts to ensure continued SDG localization despite the disruption.

March 25 —UCLG, Metropolis, UN Habitat first virtual meeting through their Live Learning Experience (LLE) platform for select group of UCLG members and partners . Video first meeting (including presentations from Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Durban, Guangzhou, Lampedusa, Madrid).

March 24 — UNESCO learning cities and responses to COVID-19 webinar, presentations on education solutions, contingency plans and distance-learning approaches available from Osan, Republic of Korea; Wuhan, China; Turin, Italy; and São Paulo, Brazil.

March 20 — UNESCO learning cities responding to COVID-19 webinar, presentations on education solutions, contingency plans and distance-learning approaches from Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Fermo, Italy; and Kashan, Iran.

March 19 — Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) and World Bank on-line speaker series “Cities on the Frontlines: Government Responses and Continuity.”

March 19 — Welcoming America webinar (members only, recording available).

TBC — WHO Healthy Cities Network in talks with the GFMD Mayors Mechanism (MMC, UCLG, IOM) to hold virtual meeting for cities to share lessons and needs on migration sensitive responses to COVID-19 (more information forthcoming).

OTHER RELEVANT ACTIONS

City Administration Management

Bristol, UK mayor working from home in self-isolation to model behavior.

Freetown, Sierra Leone engaging city counselors to have community meetings (no more than 20 people at a time) to convey health education messages.

Milan, Italy tripartite staff response: emergency management, support for those not infected but forced to quarantine, Task Force working on Plan Zero for when the emergency ends.

São Paulo, Brazil announced new measures on March 16 that include: the mayor moving into City Hall; conducting daily press conferences; municipal employees 60-year-old and over, pregnant women and people with suspicion of the virus will work from home; all interns will be discharged, except those working in health and security; municipal employees will work in two shifts.

Health Support to/from Foreign Nationals

300 Chinese doctors arrive in Italy along with health supplies, March 18.

Cuban doctors and nurses arrive in Lombardy, Italy, March 22.

Guangzhou and Shanghai, China donating masks to LA through existing sister city program.

Hamburg, Germany offering to admit foreign nationals in their hospitals. Will admit ten intensive care corona patients from Italy and is currently treating two intensive care French patients. Noted their capacity to take in more, March 28.

Mannheim, Heidelberg, Freiburg and Ulm, Germany accepted French patients in need of intensive care into their hospitals.

UN donated 250,000 face masks to New York City health workers, March 28.

China donating 1,000 ventilators to help New York State, April 4.  

Philanthropic / Financial Support to Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies expands support to US cities with a program to help cities navigate, access, and deploy federal aid, March 26.

George Soros Gifts 1 Million Euros to the City of Budapest's Coronavirus Fight, March 30.

Open Society Foundations pledging €1 million to the City of Milan to support the hard work of aiding its most vulnerable and rebuilding its economy, health, spirit, March 31.

Rihanna’s, Clara Lionel Foundation, and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation, give $2million in grants to  support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles. Clara Lionel Foundation also giving $5million in grants to protect and prepare vulnerable and marginalized communities in the United States, Caribbean and in Africa. Grantees include  Mayor’s Fund for L.A., Fund for Public Schools, ACLU, and the New York Immigration Coalition, March 31.

UN Capital Development Fund — Guidance Note for Immediate Action: COVID19 response and Local Government Finance, April 1.

New York City, US and Open Society Foundations  announced a partnership with Open Society Foundations to establish the New York City COVID-19 Immigrant Emergency Relief program, to ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, are included in citywide COVID-19 response and relief efforts. The $20 million fund will reach 20,000 immigrant workers and their families with direct, one-time emergency relief, April 16.

Open Society Foundations announced a $130 million USD investment to combat the devastation in the wake of coronavirus. Funding will focus on four efforts 1. to support low-income workers; 2. to protect refugees, migrants, and asylum seekers, who face new COVID-19–related risks with virtually no structural supports; 3. to ensure that as treatments and vaccines emerge, they are available and accessible by all; and 4. to counter the populist narratives and authoritarian power grabs we’ve seen in response to this crisis at the expense of civil liberties and human rights, April 16.