International Mayors’ Conference N-O-W Vienna Encounters

January 21th-22nd 2016, Vienna

Listen – Ask – Learn – Answer
Concerned mayors – refugees – experts – NGOs


Patronage: Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna

Mayors from ten countries – from Lebanon, Turkey and Macedonia to Austria and Germany – met for the first time in Vienna to discuss, with experts, feasible solutions for living together with refugees in their towns and cities.

The mayors exchanged their experiences and presented examples of successful local projects. All participants agreed that the successful integration of refugees requires language courses and meaningful occupations, to be offered them from day one.

More about N-O-W

The idea to initiate the N-O-W conference was developed in many private conversations about the increasing cluelessness in the face of the massive refugee movement from civil war-torn Syria during the summer of 2015 and the completely erratic, nothing but reactive political actions.

We asked ourselves what we are going to say to our grandchildren when they ask: “You must have seen that something with far-reaching consequences was happening… What did you do back then?”

And we thought: “What can we do now?” We decided to send out invitations to an international conference.

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