In the refugee crisis, cities bear a special responsibility: two thirds of all refugees live in cities – here in Europe, but also in cities in crisis regions. As a city of solidarity and openness, the City of Bern intends to live up to this responsibility. Since 2015, Bern has been advocating together with other Swiss cities for the direct reception of refugees. In autumn 2020, it demanded the evacuation of Camp Moria in Lesbos and agreed to receive refugees from Moria. That is why the City of Bern supports the Solidarity Cities Initiative. The situation of the refugees has deteriorated further with the Corona pandemic, and it is high time to act.