Big Cities: Colin Boyd Shafer

Immigrant Support Systems

Big cities attract dreamers from all over the world. This episode features the people building communities of inclusion for immigrants.

In Toronto, an artist attempts to photograph immigrants from every country in the world as part of his Cosmopolis Project. Along the way, we meet one of his photo subjects and a small chorus of urban thinkers who explore the true meaning of “diversity”, the profound economic dislocation experienced by new immigrants, and why we need cities and their inhabitants to co-produce each other. Video produced by NFB in Canada.

Every year, thousands of European migrants arrive in Stockholm, hoping to find work so they can support their families. They often end up in the streets, forced to beg. In this story, we meet Mircea, a former top-level athlete-turned-dedicated-volunteer for the cause of European migrants in Stockholm. He's committed to making a difference, fighting prejudice and helping the most vulnerable people in the city. Video produced by UR.

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