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Project News: MC2CM mid-term conference in Tangier
On 29 November, the EU and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SADC)-funded Mediterranean City-to-City Migration project (MC2CM) held its mid-term conference in Tangier, Morocco.
This landmark event convened over 50 participants from local authorities, international organisations, European Union- and national governments as well as civil society organisations to discuss common trends and challenges with regards to migration and integration.
The event provided an opportunity to reflect upon the political landscape of the migration situation and to reiterate the importance of addressing the local level in the long-term effort to abate the challenges of migrant integration. It took place following the third peer-to-peer event on the topic of “Access to basic services and enjoyment of human rights”, hosted by the city of Tangier.The preliminary findings of the MC2Cm project presented were:
- The publication of the Migration Profiles of the cities of Tunis and Vienna
- The launch of the Tangier pilot project
- The results from the first three peer to peer events held in Lisbon, Madrid and Tangier
- Initial results and conclusions from working with local research partners and stakeholders
Philip Holzapfel, Head of the Political Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Morocco emphasized the importance of the migration dimension among EU- and neighborhood countries’ relations as well as the critical role played by cities in addressing this phenomenon. He announced that the EU Commission is intending to support a second phase of the MC2CM project. Philip Holzapfel, Head of the Political Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Morocco emphasized the importance of the migration dimension among EU- and neighborhood countries’ relations as well as the critical role played by cities in addressing this phenomenon. He announced that the EU Commission is intending to support a second phase of the MC2CM project.
Political representatives from Turin, Lyon and Tangier and the Tangier-Tétouan-Al Hoceima region provided a political perspective to the discussion and addressed the need to build on local principles for migrant access to rights and services at the local level. In another panel, representatives from the national government of Tunisia, civil society organisations and local governments gave concrete examples of their work in the field and pointed to the importance of working in partnership to jointly promote the inclusion of migrants.
The event marked an important milestone in the development of the project and reiterated the need to build upon the work started under MC2CM in order to consolidate the sharing of knowledge and strategies and to reinforce local practices.
ICMPD, together with its project partnersUCLG and UN-Habitat will bring this work forward in the coming year. The next peer- to-peer event will be jointly organized with UNHCR and will be held in Vienna on 14-15 February 2017.
More information on MC2CM here.