Inmigrando: Strengthening destination cities

Today, the scale and speed of the movement of flows of goods and people globally challenge the idea of the city as an entity that aspires to stability and permanence. The world today is characterized as increasingly urban, as more and more people move to cities. Urban resilience is increasingly related to the ability of urban systems to be structured as open, recombinable systems capable of withstanding varying levels of pressure through constant reconfiguration. Delivering urban services efficiently and providing a habitat capable of reacting to diverse needs is the challenge facing cities in the face of the uncertainty of constant change. Economic, climatic, and political processes occur more and more rapidly, in shorter periods of time, demanding quick and creative responses. This new condition also affects the mobility of people on a global scale, configuring new forms of migration to cities that bring with them diverse intensities, needs, and exert disparate pressures on the social, physical, and institutional infrastructure behind urban agglomerations. Therefore, this project focuses on developing a framework for action to strengthen destination cities, not only to mitigate the costs of an unplanned flow, but also to generate the conditions for a dignified and productive regional mobility, both for the moving population and the receiving communities. This approach seeks to create a new starting point, in which migration can be seen as a strategy to strengthen cities, making them more adaptable, just, resilient, diverse, and equitable.