Philadelphia: A Welcoming City for Immigrants

Thursday June 1 at 16:00 – 17:30 at the Icelandic National Museum

Open seminar hosted by HÖFÐI Reykjavík Peace Centre at the University of Iceland

Philadelphia: A Welcoming City for Immigrants

Philadelphia has seen rapid growth in its immigrant population in recent years. This growth has been spurred in part by the adoption of city policies which treat undocumented immigrants like any other Philadelphia resident.

Trump and other Republicans have claimed that cities like Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and New Orleans protect dangerous and violent “illegal” immigrants from being deported. The Trump administration has gone so far as to issue an executive order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.

During this seminar James F. Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, will discuss why Philadelphia adopted its pro immigrant policies, and how Philadelphia and other like minded cities are responding to the Trump administration.

Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík, opens the seminar.

Panel discussion
Áslaug María Friðriksdóttir, City Councillor
S. Björn Blöndal, Chairman of the City Executive Council
Sigrún Ólafsdóttir, Professor of Sociology at the University of Iceland

Moderator: Björn Malmquist, Reporter at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service
– Ríkisútvarpið

The seminar takes place in English and is open to all.