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Project News: Housing for migrants in focus at MC2CM Peer-to-Peer Meeting in Amman

3 May 2017


From 25-26 April, the EU and SDC-funded Mediterranean City-to-City Migration project (MC2CM) gathered over 30 representatives from local governments and experts from ICMPD, UN-Habitat and UCLG to address the issue of social housing and urban planning for migrants.


The event, hosted by the Greater Amman Municipality, honed in on one of the most fundamental yet complex challenges for cities experiencing demographic change brought on by migration. It was organised in the framework of the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration project (MC2CM) funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation that brings together cities to contribute to improved migration governance at local level.

 

Omar El Louzi, City Manager of Amman, recalled the importance of housing as a pathway to opportunities the city can offer. This is a crucial entry point for a city that, due to migration and forced displacement, had seen its population increase two-fold in less than a decade, from a 2.3m inhabitants in 2006 to a total of 4.2m in 2015, with all the challenges this represents in terms of strain on services and infrastructure.

 

Participants also had the opportunity to visit the Amman New Camp, Wihdat, and meet with the Committee responsible for providing services in the Camp and engage in an honest conversation about important lessons that could be drawn from the accommodation of refugees with a 70-year trajectory in the city.

 

Cities of Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Tangier, Tunis, Turin and Vienna offered their experiences and innovative approaches to housing for vulnerable populations, while experts from UN-Habitat and OECD presented learnings from related initiatives implemented in Jordan, across the Mediterranean region, Europe and beyond. The results of this meeting will be captured into a report and feed into recommendations for local authorities.

 

The peer-to-peer event is one among seven that will be held in the framework of the EU and SDC-funded project MC2CM. It was immediately followed by a meeting of the Amman City Stakeholder Group, another milestone in the trajectory of the project. The next peer-to-peer meeting will focus on education for migrants and will be held in Turin on 11-12 July. 

More information on MC2CM here.

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