The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) is an independent organisation of cities and regions offering shelter to writers and artists at risk, advancing freedom of expression, defending democratic values and promoting international solidarity.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:

Temporary relocation

Target group: writers, artists

Operates worldwide 

Writers and artists are especially vulnerable to censorship, harassment, imprisonment and even death, because of what they do. ICORN member cities offer long term, but temporary, shelter to those at risk as a direct consequence of their creative activities.

ICORN enables cities around the world to provide safe havens for persecuted writers and artists, working together to

  • advance freedom of expression;
  • defend democratic values;
  • promote international solidarity.